What enraged the clerics of Dickens' day was not capitalist excess, but that Dickens took Christ out of Christmas. Scrooge is shamed into changing his narrow, grasping, capitalist ways by being shown for the first time their human cost.
What happens beyond death? Nichols says, "'ve just always assumed that everything just sort-of stops. You know, I'm not one of the people who imagines heaven and hell and so forth."