Entrepreneurs are our modern heroes

But has the idolatry gone too far?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - According to a 2013 survey by scholars at Baylor University, entrepreneurs “are more likely to believe in an engaged, responsive God who takes a personal interest in them” than the rest of us. They pray more and believe their prayers are answered more.

The faith of entrepreneurs is contagious. Americans have developed an unquestioning faith in the virtue of people who start businesses. Today we venerate entrepreneurs. We worship them. Or maybe we just have a crush on them. We spare them the criticism and skepticism we heap on other vocations.

There are less worthy vessels for our ardor. It is mildly heartening to know we’re still capable of admiration at a time when our confidence in most professions and institutions is so low.

But has the idolatry gone too far? It's a question worth pondering. Read more in this week’s column.

Dick Meyer is chief Washington correspondent for the Scripps Washington Bureau and DecodeDC.com.

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