which leads to the desire for a different arrangement of the social order." (18) The Mammonization
of life, in its capitalist as well as its Socialist phases, compelled Christians to reject the premises on which it is built: the Enlightened deistic presuppositions of the Scots' science of man that constituted the seedbed of capitalist theory; the same science's calculated ethics by which concern for another served only a more generous self-interest; the utilitarian reduction of a laborer to an impersonal quantum; the sacralization of property rights; the misapprehension of wealth for well-being; the commitment to ideology--laissez-faire capitalist as well as Socialist--that blinded the ideologue to persons, history, and the nuances of circumstance.
Let us not forget that as recently as the thirties, German fear of "mammonization
" of the "purity" of the race developed into a project of eugenic enhancement by any means possible.