The Evangelical-Capitalist Resonance Machine

William E. Connolly

in Crediting God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233199
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823233212 | DOI:
The Evangelical-Capitalist               Resonance Machine

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This chapter attempts to come to terms with this coincidence of opposites: the end of history according to secularization theory and the end of history according to a messianic reading of the history of salvation, with the result of a new openness of time. If the original Weberian thesis concerning vocation showed that salvation consisted, for the “Protestant ethic,” in a progress through an empty and calculable form of historical time, fundamentalism fast-forwards to the “end” of this saeculum or profane time as the time of salvation. The chapter takes up the question—which has recently been the object of much debate—between neoliberal, supply-side capitalism and U.S. evangelicalism. It identifies a common “ethos,” a shared “sensibility” between these unlikely partners, one that is characterized by what Nietzsche called the “spirit of revenge” and by resentment against those who are seen as caring for the future of the world, in opposition to those who sacrifice it for present profits or in view of the destruction of the world in the Second Coming.

Keywords: saeculum; capitalism; evangelicalism; spirit of revenge; end of history

Chapter.  6712 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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