It takes religion to create wealth. As wealth increases, religion decreases. Wealth becomes a god for his own sake.
“To survive all of this it seems capitalism needs a new dose of restraint. But absent a vast religious revival in the West, which seems unlikely, where will a renewal of the virtues of the work ethic come from? That question becomes ever more difficult to consider because as religious practice fades and our institutions reject traditional values, so too does the memory of the role that these elements played in the rise of capitalism.” Steven Malanga in RCM