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Blessed : A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

By: Bowler, Kate.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, 2013Description: 1 online resource (350 p.).ISBN: 9780199827701.Subject(s): Faith movement (Hagin) -- United States | United States -- Church history -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Blessed : A History of the American Prosperity GospelDDC classification: 277.3/083 LOC classification: BR1643.5.B68 2013ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""1. Gospels""; ""2. Faith""; ""3. Wealth""; ""4. Health""; ""5. Victory""; ""Conclusion: An American Blessing""; ""Appendix A: Prosperity Megachurch Table, 2011""; ""Appendix B: Naming Names""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""Y""
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""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""1. Gospels""; ""2. Faith""; ""3. Wealth""; ""4. Health""; ""5. Victory""; ""Conclusion: An American Blessing""; ""Appendix A: Prosperity Megachurch Table, 2011""; ""Appendix B: Naming Names""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""Y""

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CHOICE Review

In this brilliant book, Bowler (American religion, Duke Divinity School) traces the history of the prosperity theology of faith, health, wealth, and spiritual victory. Evangelists, linked by informal networks, appear in rich detail. Their core teaching was that believers acted by faith in divine principles to achieve divine blessings. Related streams of thought included mind cure, positive thinking, pragmatism, and Pentecostalism. Before 1900, Christian Science emphasized healing as did the Holiness movement, which embraced the "prayer of faith" despite lingering symptoms of illness. Healing revivals in the 1920s and 1930s were followed by postwar evangelists pointing to financial blessings. The "health and wealth" gospel of Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin in the 1950s began the modern prosperity movement, promising happiness and security by acting in faith. Bowler identifies a host of conferences, media outlets, and megachurches in the 1970s and, in the next decade, a Golden Age of televised prosperity preachers, including Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Since then, new celebrity preachers, e.g., Joel Osteen, have taught a "softer" link between faith and divine rewards. Bowler also explicates the influence of prosperity theology in African American churches and the successful global exportation of American optimism. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers.--William B. Bedford, emeritus, Crown College

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Kate Bowler is a historian and author, born 1980 and based in North Carolina. She is an assistant professor of the history of Christianity in North America. Her debut book was Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (2013). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Washington Post, NPR, and the BBC. In 2015, She was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35. This led to her second book, Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I've loved) (2018). <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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