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Transcript of Harvey Cox
He Wrote "The Secular City" which has sold more than one million copies in more than 14 languages He has been teaching at Harvard Divinity school since 1965. He has written extensively on
Jewish-Christian relations AKA. A VERY SMART DUDE In 1965, the year he began teaching at Harvard, Cox published The Secular City amidst many predictions that religion was fading in the Western world. It will survive, even prosper, in a highly secularized environment, he argued; it will reside in the people and in religious culture even if certain religious institutions fade. The book sold over a million copies.
Critics later argued that the global rise of evangelical and fundamentalist movements was a repudiation of his view, but his analysis was accurate both for Western Europe and for the "mainline" churches that were the principal definer of American religion in the 1960s.
Question 1 How did you become interested
in questions of religion and ethics? He grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania
that had a lot of churches. When he had
nothing to do he would go to different church activities.
This started him thinking about why are there so many churches. Why are they so different, what do they teach, and how decide which is the right one.
Question 2 Is there anything that we as individulas or as a society
should be doing to check the
force of the market(his
book) in our lives? He says that we need to stop marketers and advertisers from useing psychology that gets childern and teens hooked on brands for the rest of there life.
He says that this causes children and teens to not be abile to make good choices.
Question 3 Karl Polanyi, whom you quote, says there will be a double movement whereby society will prevent the disembedding of the economy. Is Polanyi's thesis correct, or can the market triumph over social relations, making us all commodities? In history something has always been overseeing the businesses world by a range of institutions, and customs. What we seeing now is that the businesse world is the overseeing force in our life now. This means that the market is becoming a major contender to God. However this is not happening because it does not set a moral bassies for people to live by. Question 4 Could you elaborate on how you think the contest between the market and religion will play itself out? Also, what are the possible outcomes even after the conceivable backlash against the market system? He would not characterize it as exactly as a contest between the market and religion. God is not just a metaphor, he thinks that it functions in many parts of the world as a faith. He goes on to say that religion has not try to stop the "market God"
one example of this is the "mega churches that are poping up all over the country.
He does not belive that there is a battle between a bad market and good religion. both are necessary, the market just needs
more reglation. Question 5 You wrote that you did not think that this new religion of of the market would inspire the international traditional religiond to lead a new jihad or crusade. How have your opinions changed in light of September 11th and the response to it? He does belive that there should be a "tiny little crusade" or "modest johad" against the market religion by the traditional religions. but he finds the lack of confrontaion or critique sadly lacking. Da market GOD... all
hail Question 6 In addition to stating that people are treating the market like a God, you also mention that the market, like other religions, is not subject to empirical proof. How would you respond to the criticism that people do not view the market as a religion but as a scientifically proved theory? Could it be that, like evolution is a scientifically proved theory, people are just changing their minds about how the world really does work? The people who profit from the market tend not to question it and believe it is something that is self-evident.
The people who dont profit from it are the ones who question it. ALMOST DONE!!! Question 7 To what extent do we see the beginnings of a global civil religion, some set of symbols and rituals that would unite people across the globe, regardless of religiouse difference or nationstate difference? one might think of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, or the Dalai Lama as the secular saints of such a possibly emerging global civil religion. Could such a global civil religion be a counterweight to the religion of the market? Dosent belive that Gandhi and the Dalai Lama are "secular saints"
He also thinks that most religions are based on a philosophy and not worldy posetions. Thats great and all....
but why should i care??? it is very important because he is talking about how the buisness or the "market" is becomeing more and more important and how it is sort of replaceing religion.
"All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need." Not to decide is to decide.
Sermons remain one of the last forms of public discourse where it is culturally forbidden to talk back.
There has never been a better raconteur than Jesus of Nazareth. What we are seeking so frantically elsewhere may turn out to be the horse we have been riding all along. Questions to consider How do you feel about the market God? Do you think there is a conflict between the market god and traditional religion?
What do you think is the true meaning of human life?
What is good and evil all about?
What do you think in life is worth doing, and what is not?
How would you overcome things like good vs. evil in life?
Does what Harvey Cox talks about affect the way you see things? THE END