The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream

In Regina Munch’s review of “Chris Lehmann’s The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream”, she remarks that

“Rich or poor, conservative or liberal, religious or secular, Americans are in thrall of the promise of personal fulfillment that this amalgam of therapeutic self-help, financial counseling, and spiritual enlightenment offers. But when enlightenment is instrumentalized for individual advancement, ties between individuals suffer. Surrounded by the language of personal well-being, we are denied the vocabulary of community and solidarity.”

There is much about which to criticise the prosperity gospel, but arguably its obsession with individual advancement is its biggest betrayal of Christianity, as it runs against the concept of Christianity as a collective faith.

As Paul eloquently put it in Romans 12:5,

“so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another.”

Capitalism as Religion: How Money Became God

Author: Kenneth Gilmore

Ken is a Brisbane-based medical practitioner whose interests include Syro-Palestinian archaeology, Ancient Near Eastern mythology, Second Temple Judaism, Historical Jesus studies, and cats.