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Recognizing the paucity of higher education texts relating economics and religion, Wuthnow (social sciences, Princeton Univ.) interprets the results of The Economic Values Survey (included), administered in 1992 to over 2000 working Americans. The survey was constructed after 175 in-depth interviews with the advice of clergy, social scientists, historians, and students of American religion according to standard sampling procedures. Illustrative case studies make complex issues such as materialism, work ethics, economic justice, and charitable behaviors in American society clearer and should prompt serious class discussions. Numerous tables (but no graphs) document both the choices and the ambivalence of respondents in integrating their faith and their economic behavior. The results will challenge religious organizations to address economic matters more directly and individuals to reconsider the implications of their values and religious commitments. Recommended especially for academic libraries.
Anna Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., New York
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Does everyone worship money equally, or are the "religious" immune to materialism? Wuthnow's premise is that religious faith influences economic behavior, but that it provides mixed messages that cause people to feel better about their behavior rather than alter it. Wuthnow administered an "Economic Values Survey" to more than 2,000 people in order to study statistical relationships between religious faith and economic behavior. Questions were asked about various aspects of people's lives, including career choices, ethics, and attitudes toward economic justice. Through these data, Wuthnow concludes that religion often doesn't help people to be less materialistic and that it may even encourage them to justify wealth. The research methodology was accurately conducted but, as with most research, the conclusions are not free of bias. The author found what he originally felt to be true--that religious faith doesn't always assist people in improving economic behavior. The major problem within the research is that being "religious" and leading a faith-filled life are two different things. Nevertheless, this book is a valuable resource for readers interested in the tendency of all humanity to serve two masters. Patty O'Connell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068486391X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684863917
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
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GOD and mammon is right! Too onesided. Enter Robert Graves with Mammon and the Black Goddess to balance the books. With the Divine Marriage (beyond mere mortal, only human) of White God and Black Goddess, the love of money, the root of all evil, ceases. Theory or Religio (correct spelling)? You be the judge. P.S.: I am reminded of the story of Bill W., co-founder of AA, and a handful of original sober alcoholics who sought an audience with J.D. Rockefeller in 1935 or so, and asked for money to get their book published. The millionaire's reply after considerable thought? "Money would ruin what you have going here." Did AA fail consequently? Ha!
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