Don’t worry: God’s got the economy
Michael De Dora
Posted on September 21, 2011
From the Washington Post:
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,” said sociologist Paul Froese, co-author of the Baylor Religion Survey, released Sept. 20 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.’”
If you believe in an omniscient and omnipotent God, it makes sense to also think God would take care of things like the economy. Of course, questions concerning the existence of God, and his potential political views, are different matters.
Fortunately, there is some good news for liberal-minded people:
At the opposite pole, another one in five Americans don’t see God stepping in to their daily lives and favor reducing wealth and inequality through taxation.
“So they’re less likely to see God controlling the economy. Liberal economic perspectives are synonymous with the belief that there is no one ‘ultimate truth,’” Froese said.
The battle for the other 60 percent does not one bode well for liberals, who are tasked with articulating a complex view of worldly affairs to Americans human beings who are not often ready to accept that truth is a complicated issue.