Miami Presents: Idolatry in Amazon's World - Christianity and Consumer Culture

Presented on: Thursday, February 29th at 6:00 PM EST

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The Edward A. Puff Sr. and Edith Kottmyer Puff Memorial Lecture in the Study of Christianity was endowed in 1986 by Rev. Edward A. Puff Jr., of Dayton, and his brother, Harold F. Puff, emeritus professor of management at Miami University. The memorial lecture is named for Edward and Harold's parents, in gratitude for the sacrifices they made that enabled the brothers to attend Miami during the Depression years.  This annual lecture is free and open to the public.

The 2023 Puff Memorial Lecture features William T. Cavanaugh, Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at Depaul University.

Those who can attend in person are encouraged to do so as the talk will take place on campus in the Farmer School of Business, Room 0025.  All others can watch on the internet by registering for the livestream.

William T. Cavanaugh’s The Uses of Idolatry offers a sustained and interdisciplinary argument that worship has not waned in our supposedly "secular" world. Rather, the target of worship has changed, migrating from the explicit worship of God to the implicit worship of things. Cavanaugh examines modern ideologies and ways in which humans become dominated by our own creations.

Sponsored by:
- The Department of Comparative Religion
- The John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship

This event is free to attend or watch.  Registration is required to watch online.  Questions about the online event can be directed to J.J. Slager at

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The views expressed by presenters are their own and their appearance in a program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Miami University Alumni Association.