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At the Altar of Wall Street : The Rituals, Myths, Theologies, Sacraments, and Mission of the Religion

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Shows how economics functions as the dominant religion in America todayIn this thought-provoking book Scott Gustafson argues that economics performs the same function in contemporary American culture that religions did in past cultures. He describes and analyzes the rituals, pilgrimage sites, myths, prophets, reformers, sacraments, and mission of economics to show how the economy operates as our de facto god.Understanding how economics functions as a religion is the first step in addressing many of todays political and social problems, Gustafson says. Our inability to compromise on economic matters is much more intelligible when competing principles are understood as religious laws that cannot be violated.At the Altar of Wall Street encompasses a broad sweep of history, philosophy, culture studies, economic ideas -- and religion, of course -- and offers insightful discussion of such topics as debt, economic terrorism, globalization, and money as the economys sacrament. Thoughtful readers will find plenty to chew on here.
Shows how economics functions as the dominant religion in America today

In this thought-provoking book Scott Gustafson argues that economics performs the same function in contemporary American culture that religions did in past cultures. He describes and analyzes the rituals, pilgrimage sites, myths, prophets, reformers, sacraments, and mission of economics to show how the economy operates as our de facto god.

Understanding how economics functions as a religion is the first step in addressing many of todays political and social problems, Gustafson says. Our inability to compromise on economic matters is much more intelligible when competing principles are understood as religious laws that cannot be violated.

At the Altar of Wall Street encompasses a broad sweep of history, philosophy, culture studies, economic ideas -- and religion, of course -- and offers insightful discussion of such topics as debt, economic terrorism, globalization, and money as the economys sacrament. Thoughtful readers will find plenty to chew on here.
Number of Pages: 220
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Religion + Politics + State
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
Author: Scott W. Gustafson
Language: English
Street Date: September 21, 2015
TCIN: 21474347
UPC: 9780802872807
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-9262
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