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Money Changes Everything: How Global Prosperity Is Reshaping Our Needs, Values, and Lifestyles by Peter Marber

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Chapter 5. Wealth and Religion: Is God Dead?

 

Money is the wise man’s religion.

 
 --Euripides (c. 480–406BCE)
 

My own mind is my own church.

 
 --Thomas Paine (1737–1809)

Roughly a century ago, philosopher Frederick Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God. But rather than dying, God—or at least organized religion—is changing rapidly to cater to Biological, Material, and Experiential lifestyles. It is intriguing that while religion is no longer at the center of most of our lives, there remains a strong need for spiritual expression in the modern world. As wealth has grown, religion has evolved from providing a public structure for daily life to satisfying private, spiritual needs, and its role may be intensifying—rather than withering—with economic progress. ...

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