Supply-side religion

Supply-side religion

The New York Times is trying to understand the vast appeal of religion in the US after the election, and comes up with a dumb economics-based reason. They just can’t understand why the US isn’t more like Europe and other industrialized nations where “religion and modernity just [don’t] mix.”

But over the past 10 years or so a growing group of mostly American sociologists has deployed a novel theory to explain the United States’ apparently anomalous behavior: supply-side economics. Americans, they say, are fervently religious because there are so many churches competing for their devotion.

What’s supposed to happen is that as people become wealthier they have less need for the “opiate of the masses” and turn toward other institutions, such as the government and the educational establishment, to take over the functions once provided by religion.

  • Extinction, yeah!  Novel idea.  It’s only about 3000+ years that extinction of the belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has been hoped for and even pushed.  Somehow that does not seem to be working no matter what they try.

    Talk about not looking at the evidence!

  • Dom,

    I think that Pope St. Pius X dealt with this whole idea of modernity.  While it wasn’t based on supply side economics, it nevertheless dealt with modernity.

    Ya know…the reason why people don’t buy all of those modern philosophies?  Because they are errant.

    But it doesn’t matter what the mode of modernity is, but rather that modernity is modernity and not allowable in the Church.  It is a quanitifiable heresy.


  • more like diabolical materialism….the left doesn’t want to get it….and they prolly never will…and that’s all we need…to become just like the Enlightened Europe!