Kyle J. Sparks


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Provocative thoughts, for Christians and pagans alike:

"Materialism is thought to signify the desire for consumer goods, the meaning that led Huxley to refer to the Sears Roebuck catalog as the ''Newest Testament.'' The legitimacy of such desires may be judged in part by our ability to satisfy them. All true needs--such as food, drink, and companionship--are satiable. Illegitimate wants--pride, envy, greed--are insatiable. By their nature they cannot be satisfied. In that sense materialism is the opium of the people. Enough is never enough. Greater quantities are requred for satisfaction, and each increment proves inadequate the next time. That is the horror of the giant in John Runyan and the wicked witch in C. S. Lewis who give their victims food that causes greater hunger. The idolatries that promise wealth without end draw adherents as the tavern draws alcoholics... . That is the sense in which the love of money is the root of all evils (1 Timothy 6:10)."

--Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction: Christian Faith and Its Confrontation with American Society (Nashville: Nelson, 1983), pp. 107-8.



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