Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching

Chapter 1: Is consumerism the new religion?


Buying Happiness – is consumerism the new religion?

Film Focus Point: This video compares and contrasts consumerism with religion, concluding with observations about the inherent weaknesses of consumerism.

Text Focus Point: Pages 9-11

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you agree that consumerism is a kind of new religion?
  2. In what ways does consumerism “control” us? How does this relate to human freedom?
  3. What are inherent weaknesses of consumerism?

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