Jewish Journal

‘Holy Hampton Hostilities’

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 17, 2007 | 4:36 pm

“Goldman Ex-Partner, Hedge-Fund Chief Sender Fight Over Church.”  That’s a headline on Bloomberg.com this morning, and the issue at hand is as ridiculous as it might suggest. 

Dennis Suskind, formerly of Goldman Sachs, has bought a Methodist church in Sag Harbor, New York with plans to turn it into a house, and Adam Sender, the manager of Exis Capital, is pouting because he says he wanted to buy it for the purpose of showcasing his collection of contemporary art.

The fact that two money machers are arguing over gets to rip apart a place many consider holy in order to satisfy personal ambitions may just be the most telling sign yet that we are in the thick of an age of excess. But that’s beyond the scope of this blog.

That might be the case for the Figure Painting blog on Portfolio’s site, where I found this post, but its not outside the scope of The God Blog.

This reminds a little bit of the money changers doing business in the Temple. And yet, if churches are not being used for religious services, there is nothing inherently sacred inside their walls. Regardless of any amount of sacrilege, I thinks it’s safe to we’re living in a time of “irrational exuberance.”

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