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Righteous Riches The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion by Milmon F. (Assistant Professor, African American and African Studies Program, University of California, Davis) Harrison
  

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Righteous Riches The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion by Milmon F. (Assistant Professor, African American and African Studies Program, University of California, Davis) 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 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.

Reviews

Those interested in and concerned about contemporary African-American religious practices owe a debt of gratitude to Harrison. He has meticulously documented a religious movement that is highly visible but scarcely understood. * Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion *


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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2005

Author

Milmon F. (Assistant Professor, African American and African Studies Program, University of California, Davis) Harrison

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Publisher

Oxford University Press Inc

Format

Paperback
188 pages

Categories

Religion: general
Cultural studies

ISBN

9780195153880

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