…His explanation is oversimplified; he tends to see his facts in the light of a single motive." In The Brass Check (1919), Sinclair wrote, "The Profits of Religion was practically boycotted by the capitalist press of America.Just one newspaper, the Chicago Daily News, reviewed it—or rather allowed me space in which to review it myself.I am glad to say here that in my own experience I have found him scrupulously anxious, at whatever trouble to himself, to report the exact facts and to weigh carefully his judgments upon them.
A veteran contributor to scholarship on religion and violence, Margo Kitts brings fifteen essays into a coherent and wide-ranging presentation on martyrdom and suicide across religious traditions.Contact with Roman imperialism and its heroic ideology of death, however, prodded Jews like Josephus to develop a Jewish ideal of martyrdom that persisted into the talmudic period.Gail Streete reviews strategies by which early Christians such as Justin Martyr and Augustine distinguished martyrdom from suicide, even while a Christian like Tertullian praised the suicide of the pagan noblewoman Lucretia.It is a snapshot of the religious movements in the U. The series also includes The Brass Check (journalism), The Goose-step (higher education), The Goslings (elementary and high school education), Mammonart (art) and Money Writes! The term “Dead Hand” ironically refers to Adam Smith’s concept that allowing an "invisible hand" of individual self-interest to shape economic relations provides the best result for society as a whole.In this book, Sinclair attacks institutionalized religion as a “source of income to parasites, and the natural ally of every form of oppression and exploitation.” Most clergymen are hypocrites, but they are not entirely to blame.They are indispensable to any student of present American life.I have heard Upton Sinclair charged with reckless, inaccurate and indiscreet use of his material.It is not meant to be objective, but to present a compelling case.It reads like the exhaustive oral argument of a very able prosecuting attorney.Like other men, they are victimized by “the competitive wage-system, which presents them with the alternative to swindle or to starve.” Sinclair savages the Episcopal establishment for transforming the proletarian Jesus into a defender of wealth and privilege, and for a long history of alliance with political power in England and the United States.Turning to the “nonconforming” Protestant sects, adherents of "The Church of the Merchants" are focused on achieving prosperity within the existing economic system.