David Brooks—Religion and Inequality

Posted by Kendall Harmon

About a century ago...the moral status system was likely to be the inverse of the worldly status system. The working classes were self-controlled, while the rich and the professionals could get away with things.

These mores, among other things, had biblical roots. In the Torah, God didn’t pick out the most powerful or notable or populous nation to be his chosen people. He chose a small, lowly band. The Torah is filled with characters who are exiles or from the lower reaches of society who are, nonetheless, chosen for pivotal moments: Moses, Joseph, Saul, David and Esther....

Over the years, religion has played a less dominant role in public culture. Meanwhile, the rival status hierarchies have fallen away. The meritocratic hierarchy of professional success is pretty much the only one left standing.

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Posted June 14, 2013 at 9:20 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. David Keller wrote:

Isn’t it ironic that the religious rich I know, and I know quite a few, are the most incredibly generous people in America?

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