God Helps Run The Economy?

God & MoneyCathy Lynn Grossman reports in USA TODAY:

The way you see God tells a lot about how you see the U.S. economy, a new national survey finds. About one in five Americans combine a view of God as actively engaged in daily workings of the world with an economic conservative view that opposes government regulation and champions the free market as a matter of faith.

“They say the invisible hand of the free market is really God at work,” says sociologist Paul Froese, co-author of the Baylor Religion Survey, released today by Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

“They think the economy works because God wants it to work. It’s a new religious economic idealism,” with politicians “invoking God while chanting ‘less government,'” he says.

“When Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann say ‘God blesses us, God watches us, God helps us,’ religious conservatives get the shorthand. They see ‘government’ as a profane object — a word that is used to signal working against God’s plan for the United States. To argue against this is to argue with their religion.”

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47 Comments on "God Helps Run The Economy?"

  1. The Invisible Hand at work, the Truth behind every Lie.

    We must win or we all die !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3BymQWsC_k

  2. jasonpaulhayes | Sep 24, 2011 at 2:24 am |

    The Invisible Hand at work, the Truth behind every Lie.

    We must win or we all die !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3BymQWsC_k

  3. Mr Willow | Sep 24, 2011 at 8:26 am |

    God needs no money. 

    A church needs money.

    In the church of consumerism money is God. 

  4. Mr Willow | Sep 24, 2011 at 8:26 am |

    God needs no money. 

    A church needs money.

    In the church of consumerism money is God. 

  5. Mr Willow | Sep 24, 2011 at 4:26 am |

    God needs no money. 

    A church needs money.

    In the Church of Capital money is God. 

  6. That’s right, “God” enjoys sticking his nose into every aspect of everyone’s business.

    He’s like that ultra-nosy busybody of a mother-in-law you’d love to strangle to death, except because he’s the Supreme Commandant Of The Universe, “God’s” super-powers are stronger than yours, not to mention his kung-fu.

    So, uh….you just kinda have to deal with his Cosmic Meddling. My suggestion? Sit back and have a beer. He’ll get bored and move on to something else soon enough.

  7. That’s right, “God” enjoys sticking his nose into every aspect of everyone’s business.

    He’s like that ultra-nosy busybody of a mother-in-law you’d love to strangle to death, except because he’s the Supreme Commandant Of The Universe, “God’s” super-powers are stronger than yours, not to mention his kung-fu.

    So, uh….you just kinda have to deal with his Cosmic Meddling. My suggestion? Sit back and have a beer. He’ll get bored and move on to something else soon enough.

  8. DeepCough | Sep 24, 2011 at 9:59 am |

    The ones who say “God is behind the market,” are the ones making deals with The Devil.

  9. DeepCough | Sep 24, 2011 at 5:59 am |

    The ones who say “God is behind the market,” are the ones making deals with The Devil.

  10. The funny thing is that it’s true. In a figurative sense if you will.

    For many God means no more or less than all of our individual consciousnesses (is there even a plural?) combined, with the sum maybe being more than the parts. We could also see humanity as an organism. We are doing God’s will by freely expressing ourselves and our true nature (which may contradict with what many traditional religions say). This goes also in the economic sense.

    I believe that this really means that we must do away with centralization, top-down command structures and governments the way they are today. Only then will we be free to self-organize, make mistakes, learn from them, and catalyze our path of conscious evolution.

  11. herzmeister | Sep 24, 2011 at 7:20 am |

    The funny thing is that it’s true. In a figurative sense if you will.

    For many God means no more or less than all of our individual consciousnesses (is there even a plural?) combined, with the sum maybe being more than the parts. We could also see humanity as an organism. We are doing God’s will by freely expressing ourselves and our true nature (which may contradict with what many traditional religions say). This goes also in the economic sense.

    I believe that this really means that we must do away with centralization, top-down command structures and governments the way they are today. Only then will we be free to self-organize, make mistakes, learn from them, and catalyze our path of conscious evolution.

    • I always found this view interesting, but I feel it always gets to one of two problems: The first the view that god is eating itself in the current world structure (assuming that really we ALL are part of it). The second is the problems that arise when we assume that we actually are not all part of it. In this sense, for example, the elite will think they are all part of while setting a certain bar of poor where everything below is “not human” or worse “not part of god”. Actually the problem is that anyone adhering to this view will always view their self and those close to them as part of god, and all their enemies as not, and this will always lead to war.

  12. On the other hand the rarely read Bible says:

    And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are
    Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. Mark 12:17

    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love
    the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye
    cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24

  13. BuzzCoastin | Sep 24, 2011 at 9:27 am |

    On the other hand the rarely read Bible says:

    And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are
    Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. Mark 12:17

    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love
    the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye
    cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24

  14. Yeah well, he’s on the list too…

  15. Yeah well, he’s on the list too…

  16. Hadrian999 | Sep 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm |

    yeah the first thing i think when i see how the economy is going is “yeah there is totally an infallible supreme being running this”

  17. Hadrian999 | Sep 24, 2011 at 11:40 am |

    yeah the first thing i think when i see how the economy is going is “yeah there is totally an infallible supreme being running this”

  18. Darwin's Bible | Sep 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

    God planned to create a better universe, but ran out of money……

  19. Darwin's Bible | Sep 24, 2011 at 11:59 am |

    God planned to create a better universe, but ran out of money……

  20. It must seem that way to the people on top…

  21. Anonymous | Sep 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm |

    8 years at jesuit school, and  i cannot seem to remember a single instance of JC ‘makin’ it rain’ with  shekels.

  22. Jin The Ninja | Sep 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm |

    8 years at jesuit school, and  i cannot seem to remember a single instance of JC ‘makin’ it rain’ with  shekels.

  23. From an arcane viewpoint the One who naught can be said, which poorly translates into “God”, creates cosmic law.  A set of operating principles which can just as easily learned by watching Star Trek as immersing oneself in religion. Our particular planet is said to be a rebel planet, or one where human free will is sacrosanct.  So “God” creates the overriding rules and then lets us humans do whatever we please with the condition that for every action we take there will be an effect, or Karma.  That’s why the Masters of Wisdom teach harmlessness, compassion, love and sharing.  Then you do not create the brutal repercussions that occur when your economic beliefs are based on selfishness, greed and a belief that your “God” cares more about you and your limited belief systems than anyone other part of the body which from the arcane perspective is simply another part of the body of “God”.

  24. From an arcane viewpoint the One who naught can be said, which poorly translates into “God”, creates cosmic law.  A set of operating principles which can just as easily learned by watching Star Trek as immersing oneself in religion. Our particular planet is said to be a rebel planet, or one where human free will is sacrosanct.  So “God” creates the overriding rules and then lets us humans do whatever we please with the condition that for every action we take there will be an effect, or Karma.  That’s why the Masters of Wisdom teach harmlessness, compassion, love and sharing.  Then you do not create the brutal repercussions that occur when your economic beliefs are based on selfishness, greed and a belief that your “God” cares more about you and your limited belief systems than anyone other part of the body which from the arcane perspective is simply another part of the body of “God”.

  25. Anonymous | Sep 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm |

    Don’t grok Elohim?  Don’t blame me.  I voted for Marduk.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/Marduk

  26. Liam_McGonagle | Sep 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm |

    Don’t grok Elohim?  Don’t blame me.  I voted for Marduk.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/Marduk

  27. I always found this view interesting, but I feel it always gets to one of two problems: The first the view that god is eating itself in the current world structure (assuming that really we ALL are part of it). The second is the problems that arise when we assume that we actually are not all part of it. In this sense, for example, the elite will think they are all part of while setting a certain bar of poor where everything below is “not human” or worse “not part of god”. Actually the problem is that anyone adhering to this view will always view their self and those close to them as part of god, and all their enemies as not, and this will always lead to war.

  28. god and baby jesus help run the economy

  29. god and baby jesus help run the economy

  30. Absolute horsesh:t.

  31. Absolute horsesh:t.

    • Tuna Ghost | Sep 26, 2011 at 4:56 am |

      What is?  The article?  Why is it horseshit?  Why is it so hard to believe that people’s ideas of God influence what they do in regard to the stock market?  

  32. Dubtheworld | Sep 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm |

    I’m done checking disinfo for news, and that’s a big deal, considering that I’ve been coming here regularly since 2002. Over the years, Ive watched it slip from the #1 source for articles on world & deep politics, economics, technology,  conspiracy, art, literature, and occult inquiry, into what has become a side show, tabloid-like fuck-fest of irrelevant information. Disinfo really lives up to it’s name these days. Specifically, I am done with this site due to it’s lack of concern for what may be the most important social movement of the decade- namely, OCCUPY WALL STREET. For the record, I will be putting much of my energy into occupying my own home town, Austin Texas, although I’m pretty certain that these self-centered hipster/yuppie fucks that infest our city dont give two shits about anything that doesnt want to get drunk and fuck….

  33. Dubtheworld | Sep 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm |

    I’m done checking disinfo for news, and that’s a big deal, considering that I’ve been coming here regularly since 2002. Over the years, Ive watched it slip from the #1 source for articles on world & deep politics, economics, technology,  conspiracy, art, literature, and occult inquiry, into what has become a side show, tabloid-like fuck-fest of irrelevant information. Disinfo really lives up to it’s name these days. Specifically, I am done with this site due to it’s lack of concern for what may be the most important social movement of the decade- namely, OCCUPY WALL STREET. For the record, I will be putting much of my energy into occupying my own home town, Austin Texas, although I’m pretty certain that these self-centered hipster/yuppie fucks that infest our city dont give two shits about anything that doesnt want to get drunk and fuck….

  34. Hadrian999 | Sep 26, 2011 at 4:36 am |

    Jesuit school or raining shekels?

  35. Anonymous | Sep 26, 2011 at 5:24 am |

    both?

  36. Tuna Ghost | Sep 26, 2011 at 8:56 am |

    What is?  The article?  Why is it horseshit?  Why is it so hard to believe that people’s ideas of God influence what they do in regard to the stock market?  

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