A journal of academic theology

William T. Cavanaugh

Return of the Golden Calf: Economy, Idolatry, and Secularization since Gaudium et spes

Pope Francis consistently addresses economic issues with the concept of idolatry, but Gaudium et spes treats the economy as an autonomous, secular realm amenable to technocratic solutions guided by principles of right reason. Cavanaugh accounts for this difference by examining changes in theories about secularization from the 1960s to the present. He argues that today

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