Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Douglas Meeks, also M. Douglas Meeks

American Cal Turner Chancellor Professor and Dean of Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, Author

"Divinity finds its image in human and social constructs. The way we think about god ultimately will be the way we think about ourselves and our institutions."

"Does God work? This is a crucial question, for the denigration of work and the degradation of the worker in both antiquity and modernity are supported by the view that the gods do not have to work. That is what makes them gods."

"Economic oppression cannot exist without its religious justifications."

"The mystery of idolatry is that persons reflect what they possess. Idolatry is being possessed by a possession and thereby refusing God’s claim on oneself and shirking one’s responsibility toward others in the community."