Righteous Riches: The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion / Edition 1

Righteous Riches: The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion / Edition 1

by Milmon F. Harrison
     
 

Does God want us to be wealthy? Many people believe that God offers not only eternal joy in the hereafter but also material blessings in the here and now. Other Christians see this "prosperity theology," as nothing more than vulgar materialism, incompatible with orthodox Christianity. In Righteous Riches, Milmon F. Harrison examines the Word of Faith

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Does God want us to be wealthy? Many people believe that God offers not only eternal joy in the hereafter but also material blessings in the here and now. Other Christians see this "prosperity theology," as nothing more than vulgar materialism, incompatible with orthodox Christianity. In Righteous Riches, Milmon F. Harrison examines the Word of Faith movement, an independent, non-denominational Christian movement that preaches the so-called "health and wealth gospel."
The Word of Faith movement is an international network loosely bound by a basic doctrine called the "Faith Message," which teaches that it is God's will for Christians to be prosperous, successful, and healthy in the present life. Drawing on his personal experiences as a former insider and in-depth interviews with members, Harrison takes us inside the movement, revealing what it is like to belong, and how people accept, reject, and reshape Word of Faith doctrines to fit their own lives. Although the movement is not exclusively African American, many of its most prominent and recognized leaders are African American ministers with large congregations and national television audiences. Analyzing the movement's appeal to African Americans, Harrison argues that, because of their history of oppression and discrimination, African American religious institutions have always had to address the material—as well as spiritual—concerns of their members. The Word of Faith Movement, he says, is one of several prosperity movements that resonate strongly with African Americans. Situating the movement in the contexts of both contemporary American religion and the history of the Black Church, Righteous Riches offers a fascinating look at a quintessentially American phenomenon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195153880
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the word of faith movement3
1Bearing witness21
2Living the faith message51
3Faith Christian Center81
4Negotiating the demands of membership at Faith Christian Center107
5Prosperity in African American religion131

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