The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty
Since 1960 we have experienced the great American paradox: While material affluence and human rights have surged, national civic health was, until recently, falling. In The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty, David Myers explores this paradox. He also reviews current renewal efforts and documents links between faith and social well-being.
David’s overarching aim is to contribute to a new environmental movement—a social environmental movement—one seeking a social ecology that respects human rights while nurturing healthier individuals, families, and communities. With this end in mind he notes the social consequences of American materialism and individualism and points the way toward more positive values, economic policies, media influences, educational priorities, and faith communities.
Published synopsis and review by Linda Waite (Sociology, University of Chicago)
Essays digested from The American Paradox
Godliness and Goodliness (Sightings)
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Links to social renewal organizations
Alternatives to materialism
Renewing Marriage and Parenting