Even the social gospel, which made sin more of an offense against our fellow humans rather than first and foremost against God, at least recognized it as a failure to give to someone else the love and service that I owe. In the increasingly pervasive message of preachers like Osteen, however, sins become offenses I commit against myself that keep me from realizing my own expectations. It is therapeutic narcissism: I have failed to live up to my potential, to secure God’s best for my life, or to follow the instructions that lead to the good life.
Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church (Michael Horton)
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But then again you get benighted idiots like Michael Novak promoting the idea that business is a “divine” calling.
And promoting the idea that because “god” is the creator of the universe, the “spirit” of capitalism is a manifestation of the creative impulse of “god” via the actions of human beings.
Capitalism as the ultimate manifestation of human culture.
Maybe even could be called the “self-actualisation gospel”?
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