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The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition

An Essay in Economic Interpretation

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Author: Upton Sinclair
Published: 1926
Language: English
Wordcount: 86,443 / 245 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.9
LoC Categories: BL, HB
Downloads: 2,508
Added to site: 2005.08.08 11263
Genres: Religion, Business

A study of Supernaturalism as a Source of Income and a Shield to Privilege; the first examination in any language of institutionalized religion from the economic point of view.

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g by With trampling feet of horse and men: Empire on empire like the tide Flooded the world and ebbed again;

A thousand banners caught the sun, And cities smoked along the plain, And laden down with silk and gold And heaped up pillage groaned the wain.


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#The Priestly Lie#

When the first savage saw his hut destroyed by a bolt of lightning, he fell down upon his face in terror. He had no conception of natural forces, of laws of electricity; he saw this event as the act of an individual intelligence. To-day we read about fairies and demons, dryads and fauns and satyrs, Wotan and Thor and Vulcan, Freie and Flora and Ceres, and we think of all these as pretty fancies, play-products of the mind; losing sight of the fact that they were originally meant with entire seriousness--that not merely did ancient man believe in them, but was forced to believe in them, because the mind must have an explanation of things that happen, and an individual intelligence was the only



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