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Righteous Riches The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion

ISBN-10: 019515388X
ISBN-13: 9780195153880
Edition: 2005
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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."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. 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. Situating the movement in thecontexts of both contemporary American religions and the history of the Black Church, Righteous Riches offers a fascinating look at a quintessentially American phenomenon.

Introduction : the word of faith movement
Bearing witness
Living the faith message
Faith Christian Center
Negotiating the demands of membership at Faith Christian Center
Prosperity in African American religion

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