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Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

Kate Bowler


Blessed introduces a comprehensive history of the rise of the American prosperity gospel. What began as diverse metaphysical, pentecostal, and self-help conceptions about the power of the mind became one of the most influential popular religious movements of the last century. The book follows how the movement took shape after World War II in pentecostal healing revivals and exploded onto the national scene through televangelists with big hair and bigger promises. It survived the scandals of the late 1980s and remade its image as a therapeutic and effective theology of modern living. Now thrivi ... More

Keywords: prosperity gospel, televangelism, megachurch, faith, health, wealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827695
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827695.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Bowler, author
Duke Divinity School

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