God in Things and People: Commodity Fetishism and the Eucharist


Oak Room, South Dining Hall (View on map.nd.edu)

One of the pathologies that produce poverty in the current economic system is the simultaneous deification of things and reification of people: we invest divinity in material things, while people are treated as instruments toward profit. In this lecture, Cavanaugh will explore the Eucharist as an antidote to this idolatry. The Eucharist provides a better, sacramental way of seeing God's presence in the material world, while simultaneously offering an identification of people, especially the poor, with God in Christ.

This is part of a six-part lecture series called "The Only Solution is Love: The Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching." 

This lecture will be presented by William T. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University, with a response by Jenny Newsome Martin, Ph.D., Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame.

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