Norwich church to hear Market is only true God

Renowned American theologian Harvey Cox will argue that the Market is the only true God in a provocative presentation at Norwich Cathedral on April 26.

HarveyCox420Published ten years ago, Cox is currently expanding his prophetic article, ‘The Market as God’ into a book in which he provocatively describes the market as ‘the only true God, whose reign must now be universally accepted and who allows for no rivals’.
Cox will outline his thoughts with responses provided by a panel of experts comprised of Prof Catherine Waddams, Professor of Regulation at Norwich Business School and Director of the Centre for Competition Policy at UEA, Dr Jane Fruehwirth, Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge University, and Dr Rupert Read, Reader in the School of Philosophy at UEA. The Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, will chair the panel.
Harvey Cox came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of his book ‘The secular city’ which sold over one million copies worldwide. Subsequent years have seen him teaching and writing on moral reasoning, the relationship between Christian and Judaism and church history. Cox spend most of his career at Harvard University with has last post as Hollis Professor of Divinity before retiring in 2009.
Speaking on the content of his presentation, Harvey Cox, said: “For the past few years I have been impressed by the way our society increasingly looks to the Market the way we once looked to God. We trust its Wisdom, and believe it will ultimately be proved to be right.”
“It even seems to have moods and is increasingly present in every aspect of life. The world has always had markets and they serve an essential purpose. But in the past they have generally operated within a larger context of traditional and religious constraints. Now the Market occupies a central place, like Zeus of old, and has begun to create the values, and spin the stories we live by. My talk will focus on this turn of events and on how religion(s) might respond”.
The presentation will take place on Friday April 26 at 7.30pm at Norwich Cathedral. Tickets for the event cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions and are available by calling 01603 218327 or emailing  

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