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(RNS) Self-centeredness is nothing new, of course. But for a time, ideals of community and shared sacrifice seemed to hold self-centeredness in check. Many of us think our nation is still playing by ethical rules that restrained an essential selfishness. Not so.

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Tom Ehrich

Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is


  1. Fortunately we still have Mainline Protestant scolds willing to shake their fingers at others while pretending to do it only for their own good; self-congratulation wrapped up in moralizing and vapid, simpering primness stills seems to be default mode for clergy.