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At the altar of Wall Street : the rituals, myths, theologies, sacraments, and mission of the religion known as the modern global economy

Author: Scott W Gustafson
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott W Gustafson
ISBN: 9780802872807 0802872808
OCLC Number: 908192631
Description: xii, 220 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Economic rituals --
Economic myths, metaphors, and rhetoric --
The economy's theologians, prophets, reformers, terrorists, and priests --
Corporations: the religious communities of the economic faithful --
Money: the sacrament of the market economy --
The economy's global mission --
Is economics civilization's primal religion? --
Beyond our current religious configurations.
Responsibility: Scott W. Gustafson.

Abstract:

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 today's 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 economy's sacrament.
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