How economics came to rival religious faith

ARTICLE - Is economics a religion? This question is posed by Samuel Brittan in the Financial Times on Thursday.

According to The Dictionary of Christianity in America: "If belief in a god is necessary to define a religion, secular humanism does not qualify. If on the other hand religion, or a god, is defined as one's ultimate value, then secular humanism [to which economics belongs] is a religion."

The best recent study of the subject, by Robert H. Nelson, is titled Economics as Religion: From

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