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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Hymns to Mammon.

Business Week, 'Evangelical America,' 5.23.05My Irony introduces the New Commodified Version — a series of biblical texts slyly redirected to the worship of the Unseen Hand, the god of laissez-faireans everywhere. For example: "Search me, O Market, and know my heart" (Psalm 139); "In the beginning was the Market, and the Market was with God, and the Market was God" (John 1); and especially:

O Washington,
You who bring good tidings,
Get up into the high mountain;
O Wall Street,
You who bring good tidings,
Lift up your voice with strength,
Lift it up, be not afraid;
Say to the cities of America, "Behold your god!" (Isaiah 40)

The full texts are provocative mirrors not just to the ideology of, say, the Christian right, but to the generally secular worldview most of us take for granted.

P.S. Oh, yes: On a related topic, see Business Week's cover story on the big business that is Evangelical Christianity: "Earthly Empires," William C. Symonds (5.23.05).

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 21 May 2005 at 3:17 PM

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