The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation by Upton Sinclair

By Upton Sinclair

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Publish 12 months note: First released in 1970
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Though he's top remembered for his popular reveal of the meatpacking within the usa, The Jungle, Upton Sinclair was once a voracious philosopher and author who grappled with substantial principles all through his profession, finishing with reference to a hundred books within the approach. The gains of Religion bargains an engaging critique of faith and its position in society.

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Deprive your soul of spiritual water, and your soul will tell you. Dehydrated hearts send desperate messages. Snarling tempers. Waves of worry. Growling mastodons of guilt and fear. You think God wants you to live with these? Hopelessness. Sleeplessness. Irritability. Insecurity. These are symptoms of a dryness deep within. Treat your soul as you treat your thirst. Flood your heart with a good swallow of water. Where do you find water for the soul? Jesus gave an answer: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

You see what you have . . and what you have isn’t enough to accomplish anything. Moses had a sea in front and an enemy behind. The Israelites could swim or they could fight. But neither option was enough. The Jerusalem church knew that they had no hope of getting Peter out of prison. They had Christians who would fight, but too few. They didn’t need muscle. They needed a miracle. Faith that begins with fear will end up nearer the Father. indd 29 29 3 7/24/14 5:29 PM Fear Not Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.

We never expect to see him in a bear market, pink slip, lawsuit, foreclosure, or war. We never expect to see him in a storm. But it is in storms that he does his finest work, for it is in storms that he has our keenest attention. We cannot go where God is not. Look over your shoulder; that’s God following you. Look into the storm; that’s Christ coming toward you. indd 31 31 3 7/24/14 5:29 PM Fear Not h “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. ” John 7:37–38 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

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