Consumerism as Religion

02/10/10 Robert Lorei
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COMING UP WE’LL TALK WITH A RELIGION INSTRUCTOR WHO SAYS THAT CONSUMERISM HAS IN ESSENCE BECOME THE MAIN RELIGION IN THE US.

DELL DECHANT IS AN INSTRUCTOR AT USF AND ASSISTANT CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES. HE’S THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK- THE SACRED SANTA. HE SAYS THAT CONSUMERISM HAS BECOME A RELIGION IN THE US-- RIVALLING OR SUPPLANTING TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS.

IS THAT RIGHT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? WHAT IS RELIGIOUS ABOUT SHOPPING?

HE’LL BE GIVING A TALK LATER THIS WEEK IN TAMPA ON THE TOPIC OF APOCALYPSE, TIPPING POINTS AND THE DHARMA OF CONSUMPTION. Thursday February 11th, 7-8:30PM; at the Centre Club; 123 South Westshore Blvd.; Tampa. FMI 813 416 3069; http://www.thebridgetampa.com

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