Wednesday, February 27, 2008

An Old Theme without Interpretation

Before the education-industrial complex, church and state were one thing. God selected the King or Emperor. A nation conquered was a nation judged by God rather than a nation that had fallen behind in arms, education, or economic competitiveness. This is not the only sense in which the state has come to replace the church. Nationalized health care, social security, and welfare conspire to reduce God's role in providing for the poor. Upwardly mobile people give thanks to the free markets. Within health care, demons have been replaced by psychological disorders or cancer. Although many people still use "prayer," it's not where people are putting most of their time and money when they get sick. What does it mean?

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