The good life : genuine Christianity for the middle class

by McCarthy, David Matzko.

Format: Print Book 2004
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction BX1406.3.M38 2004
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  BX1406.3.M38 2004
Intimate friendships, loving families, good food, and beautiful homes--middle-class Westerners enjoy so many gifts. Christians often feel guilty about their enjoyment of these gifts, but David McCarthy suggests that God provides these things for our enjoyment.
In contrast to consumerism, which encourages shallow relationships, McCarthy explains how the love of God fosters a deep attachment to the world. He describes this in relation to marriage, family, friendship, hospitality, and work. A right ordering of our desires will lead Christians to an enjoyment of life that require less "stuff."
This book will be appreciated by all Christians trying to live well in an affluent culture.
Part 1: People
American and middle class
Contractual connections and our economic logic
God's gift of friendship
Love and justice
God and neighbor
Family first
Sex and singleness
Part 2: Places
Our place
The home and the hospitality of the market
Sharing, eating, and housekeeping
Country and nation
Hope for the world
Part 3: Things
The meaning of things
Debts and gifts
Wants and needs
Work and cultivation
Our relation to things
Part 4: God and creation
We believe
One God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth
For god, creation out of nothing, and for us, lots of things
One Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God
The Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life
One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
The forgiveness of sin
Resurrection and the life of the world to come.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Some Christians advocate a total asceticism that requires giving all money and goods to the poor; others embrace a health-and-wealth gospel and claim that God wants believers to be rich. Which view is correct? According to David McCarthy in The Good Life: Genuine Christianity for the Middle Class, people don't need to go to either extreme; it is possible to be a responsible Christian and live comfortably though not excessively. The admonition to "seek ye first the kingdom of God," he says, is "not idealistic advice, but a very practical way of love," and forms the key to Christian values. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Christian practice of everyday life.
Subjects Christian sociology -- United States.
Christian sociology -- Catholic Church.
Christian life -- Catholic authors.
Publisher Grand Rapids, Mich. :Brazos Press,2004
Language English
Description 176 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-176).
ISBN 1587430681 (pbk.)
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