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The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity

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Far from displacing religions, as has been supposed, capitalism became one, with money as its deity. Eugene McCarraher reveals how mammon ensnared us and how we can find a more humane, sacramental way of being in the world.

If socialists and Wall Street bankers can agree on anything, it is the extreme rationalism of capital. At least since Max Weber, capitalism has been
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Hardcover, 768 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Belknap Press
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Chelsea Miller
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I found this book fascinating but also frustrating as I grew up in a community very much as he envisions. The Protestant sect of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This book made me appreciate what they are trying to do more than I did growing up. I’m sure the author would find the theology repulsive but from what I can see they are a successfully doing much of what he seems to want more of in the world. But because they don’t vote, are poor and think the world is going to end any day they are called crazy ...more
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2/6/20 Found it through Lapham's Quaterly podcast, Episode 53, Dec 6 2019. Sounds interesting..sprituality and affirmation of 19th C Romantic values of the human experience as more enriching than capitalism.
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Brilliant and thoroughly researched. A massive and important volume for our time and a point of view rarely given such a masterful voice. Thought-provoking.
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Eugene McCarraher is Associate Professor of Humanities at Villanova University and the author of Christian Critics: Religion and the Impasse in Modern American Social Thought. He has written for Dissent and The Nation and contributes regularly to Commonweal, The Hedgehog Review, and Raritan. His work on The Enchantments of Mammon was supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the ...more