The Enchantments of Mammon

Eugene McCarraher challenges the conventional view of capitalism as a force for disenchantment.

The Enchantments of Mammon

Author: Eugene McCarraher

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 0674984617

Page: 768

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Eugene McCarraher challenges the conventional view of capitalism as a force for disenchantment. From Puritan and evangelical valorizations of profit to the heavenly Fordist city, the mystically animated corporation, and the deification of the market, capitalism has hijacked our intrinsic longing for divinity, laying hold to our souls.

The Crisis of Global Capitalism

Chicago in October 2008, and from the manuscript of a book I am completing,
The Enchantments of Mammon. Thanks also to David Bentley Hart for
recommending me as a contributor to this volume, and to Adrian Pabst for wisely
taking his ...

The Crisis of Global Capitalism

Author: Adrian Pabst

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621891054

Page: 304

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This collection of essays outlines a new political economy. Twenty years after the demise of Soviet communism, the global recession into which free-market capitalism has plunged the world economy provides a unique opportunity to chart an alternative path. Both the left-wing adulation of centralized statism and the right-wing fetishization of market liberalism are part of a secular logic that is collapsing under the weight of its own inner contradictions. It is surely no coincidence that the crisis of global capitalism occurs at the same time as the crisis of secular modernity. Building on the tradition of Catholic social teaching since the groundbreaking encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891), Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate is the most radical intervention in contemporary debates on the future of economics, politics, and society. Benedict outlines a Catholic "third way" that combines strict limits on state and market power with a civil economy centered on mutualist businesses, cooperatives, credit unions, and other reciprocal arrangements. His call for a civil economy also represents a radical "middle" position between an exclusively religious and a strictly secular perspective. Thus, Benedict's vision for an alternative political economy resonates with people of all faiths and none.

Joseph Smith s Translation

Eugene McCarraher, “God and Mammon, Incorporated,” Raritan 37:1 (Summer
2017): 101–17. Eugene McCarraher, The Enchantments of Mammon: Capitalism
as the Religion of Modernity (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019).

Joseph Smith s Translation

Author: Samuel Morris Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190054255

Page: 320

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Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith, claimed to have translated ancient scriptures. He dictated an American Bible from metal plates reportedly buried by ancient Jews in a nearby hill, and produced an Egyptian "Book of Abraham" derived from funerary papyri he extracted from a collection of mummies he bought from a traveling showman. In addition, he rewrote sections of the King James Version as a "New Translation" of the Bible. Smith and his followers used the term translation to describe the genesis of these English scriptures, which remain canonical for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Whether one believes him or not, the discussion has focused on whether Smith's English texts represent literal translations of extant source documents. On closer inspection, though, Smith's translations are far more metaphysical than linguistic. In Joseph Smith's Translation, Samuel Morris Brown argues that these translations express the mystical power of language and scripture to interconnect people across barriers of space and time, especially in the developing Mormon temple liturgy. He shows that Smith was devoted to an ancient metaphysics--especially the principle of correspondence, the concept of "as above, so below"--that provided an infrastructure for bridging the human and the divine as well as for his textual interpretive projects. Joseph Smith's projects of metaphysical translation place Mormonism at the productive edge of the transitions associated with shifts toward "secular modernity." This transition into modern worldviews intensified, complexly, in nineteenth-century America. The evolving legacies of Reformation and Enlightenment were the sea in which early Mormons swam, says Brown. Smith's translations and the theology that supported them illuminate the power and vulnerability of the Mormon critique of American culture in transition. This complex critique continues to resonate and illuminate to the present day.

Augustine and Politics

... what I would call the enchantments of Mammon — its beguiling perversion of
our need for a sacramental way of life.39 ... In "The Celestial Railroad" ( 1843),
Nathaniel Hawthorne crafted a harrowing parable of capitalist enchantment that ...

Augustine and Politics

Author: John Doody

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739110096

Page: 384

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The study of Augustine's political teachings has suffered from a history of misreadings, both ancient and modern. It is only in recent years that the traditional lines of 'Augustinian pessimism' have been opened to question. Scholars have begun to explore the broader lines of Augustine's political thought in his letters and sermons, and thus have been able to place his classic text, The City of God, in its proper context. The essays in this volume take stock of these recent developments and revisit old assumptions about the significance of Augustine of Hippo for political thought. They do so from many different perspectives, examining the anthropological and theological underpinnings of Augustine's thought, his critique of politics, his development of his own political thought, and some of the later manifestations or uses of his thought in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and today. This new vision is at once more bracing, more hopeful, and more diverse than earlier readings could have allowed.

Between the State and the Eucharist

... capitalism might be best understood as a perverse regime of the sacred, an
order of things bearing powerful and unmistakable traces of enchantment.”
McCarraher, “The Enchantments of Mammon,” 430. 372. Taylor, “Western
Secularity,”51.

Between the State and the Eucharist

Author: Joel Halldorf

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630873810

Page: 198

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"In the world, but not of the world"--this has been the motto of the Free Church tradition. But to what extent can freedom and independence from "the world" be realized in modernity, and how have these churches fared so far? These are the questions with which this book wrestles. The particular focus is Sweden, where a state-facilitated hypermodernity has created what some call "the most modern nation in the world." The Swedish free churches have in many ways succumbed to the pressure of the modern welfare state and as a consequence lost their distinctive voice. The argument of this book is that the rediscovery of practices left behind might be a way for these churches to recover a solid, particular, and deeply Christian identity. In dialogue with William T. Cavanaugh, the authors argue for a return to concrete, social practices: asceticism, table grace, written prayers, a turn to tradition, and the Eucharist. Here are lost treasures that might prove invaluable for the modern church at large, with her dual citizenship in the modern nation-state and the kingdom of heaven.

The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics

McCarraher, Eugene (forthcoming) The Enchantments of Mammon: Corporate
Capitalism and the American Moral Imagination. Percy, Walker (1991) Signposts
in a Strange Land, ed. Patrick Samway (New York: The Noonday Press). Smith ...

The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics

Author: Stanley Hauerwas

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444396676

Page: 592

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Featuring updates, revisions, and new essays from various scholars within the Christian tradition, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, Second Edition reveals how Christian worship is the force that shapes the moral life of Christians. Features new essays on class, race, disability, gender, peace, and the virtues Includes a number of revised essays and a range of new authors The innovative and influential approach organizes ethical themes around the shape of Christian worship The original edition is the most successful to-date in the Companions to Religion series

Capitalism as Religion A Study of Paul Tillich s Interpretation of Modernity

The enchantment of Mammon: Notes toward a Theological History of Capitalism.
” Modern Theology 21 (2005) 429 61. Meeks, M. douglas. “economy and the
Future of liberation Theology in North America.” Pages 43 59 in 43 59 inin ...

Capitalism as Religion  A Study of Paul Tillich s Interpretation of Modernity

Author: Francis Ching-Wah Yip

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674021479

Page: 215

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"Examines Paul Tillich's critical interpretation of capitalism and cultural modernity, highlighting the context of his theology in relation to the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, and finally drawing on Jèurgen Moltmann and âEmile Durkheim to develop Tillich's insights into a critical view of capitalism as a global religion and as the culture of modern society"--Provided by publisher.

The Mammon of Unrighteousness

Distance would not destroy the enchantment of her millions , and the trail of
luminous memories she left behind her would not soon lose its lustre . With her
heart in her throat Bella knocked at the door of her brilliant cousin , who was
standing ...

The Mammon of Unrighteousness

Author: Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 386

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Anxious about Empire

His current project is a cultural history of corporate business entitled The
Enchantments of Mammon : Corporate Capitalism and the American Moral
Imagination . Stephen H . Webb is professor of religion and philosophy at
Wabash College .

Anxious about Empire

Author: Wes Avram

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 218

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Theologically critiques the plans for a "new American empire" now prominently promoted in Washington.

Annual Report

EUGENE McCARRAHER , Assistant Professor , Humanities / History , Villanova
University . The enchantments of mammon : corporate capitalism and the
American moral imagination . SANNA PEDERSON , Associate Professor , Music
History ...

Annual Report

Author: American Council of Learned Societies

Publisher:

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Mammon

... a miracle of devotedness , which no arts of worldly enchantment can imitate .
They can understand how religion may be subordinated to gain ; but that gain
should be sacrificed to God is a mystery which no article in their creed 10
MAMMON ...

Mammon

Author: John Harris

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 249

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King Mammon and the Heir Apparent

... and the willingest our Earth ever had ; these men are here ; the work they have
done , the fruit they have realized is here , abundant , exuberant , on every hand
of us : and behold some baleful fiat as of Enchantment has gone forth , ' Touch it ...

King Mammon and the Heir Apparent

Author: George A. Richardson

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 446

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Mammon Inc

But at its best , Oxford becomes the land of Matthew Arnold ' s ' dreaming spires ' ,
a place that ' whispers from her towers the last enchantments of the Middle Ages '
. Faces of stone frowned down as the pitter - patter of my footsteps broke the ...

Mammon Inc

Author: Hwee Hwee Tan

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 277

View: 406

Ville du solgt sjelen din for drømmejobben? Det er spørsmålet Chiah Deng må ta stilling til når hun blir spurt om hun vil gå inn i firmaet Mammon Inc. Hennes kinesiske foreldre har et annet og motstridende syn på saken enn veilederen ved Oxford, og Chiah må avveie offeret mot alt hun holder av. Stor heftet utgave.

The Novelist and Mammon

17 Although one will find few if any apostrophes to Mammon in Dickens's works ,
one does see a continuing reaction to the social problems of the time , and an
awareness of the determining forces underlying them . Dickens is always ...

The Novelist and Mammon

Author: Norman Russell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Page: 226

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This book breaks new ground by identifying and illustrating the realities of Victorian commercial life and examining the ways in which novelists like Dickens, Thackeray, and Trollope portrayed these realities in their fiction. What exactly did Ebenezer Scrooge do for a living? How much did Dickens really know about the Stock Exchange? Why are stockbrokers the villains of so many of these novels? In answering questions like these, The Novelist and Mammon depicts a real world of frauds, villains and rogues as fascinating as any to be found in the fiction of the day.

New Oxford Review

Eugene McCarraher of Villanova University , in his article “ The Enchantments of
Mammon : Notes Towarda Theological History of Capitalism ” ( Modern Theology
, July 2005 ) , argues that capitalism is , in reality , a Chrisdifferentiate ...

New Oxford Review

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Twixt God and Mammon

He went round and round , and here and there , longing to break the spell that
held him from the full enchantment centered in her . But no , if he took but one
step nearer her than she herself willed , his heart beat up to his brain and down
to his ...

 Twixt God and Mammon

Author: William Edwards Tirebuck

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 313

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