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Why Religions Form

Witham Larry

in Marketplace of the Gods: How Economics Explains Religion

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195394757
eISBN:
9780199777372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394757.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Two models of business organization, the club and the firm, can be used to explain the origins of religion. Theories of the club and firm are recent developments in economics. In religion, Buddhism ... More


Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine

Peter J. Thuesen

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195174274
eISBN:
9780199872138
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174274.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Church History

Predestination—the idea that God foreordains each person's eternal destiny—is one of the most fascinating and controversial doctrines in Christianity. For centuries, theologians assumed that outright ... More


To Be Maladjusted: A Kingian Model for Church Renewal

Lewis V. Baldwin

in The Voice of Conscience: The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195380316
eISBN:
9780199869299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380316.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The ministry and mission of the Christian Church since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., is examined in this chapter. Topics explored include the black church’s shift from protest to ... More


Epilogue: The Purpose‐Driven Life?: Predestination and the Decline of Mystery

Peter J. Thuesen

in Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195174274
eISBN:
9780199872138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174274.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Church History

The Epilogue explores the new frontier of American religion: the Protestant megachurch, pioneered by figures like California pastor Rick Warren. Because megachurches downplay doctrinal distinctions ... More


Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch: Indian American Christianity in Motion

Prema A. Kurien

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479804757
eISBN:
9781479845477
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479804757.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book examines how a new paradigm of ethnicity and religion is shaping contemporary immigrant religious institutions and the intergenerational transmission of religion. While earlier European ... More


Live Long and Prosper: How Black Megachurches Address HIV/AIDS and Poverty in the Age of Prosperity Theology

Sandra L. Barnes

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249565
eISBN:
9780823252619
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249565.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Black megachurches and their pastors are often accused of: failing to use their considerable resources to help the poor; focusing on Prosperity Theology rather than social justice; requiring ... More


Sacred Subdivisions: The Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism

Justin Wilford

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814725351
eISBN:
9780814708309
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814725351.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In an era where church attendance has reached an all-time low, recent polling has shown that Americans are becoming less formally religious and more promiscuous in their religious commitments. Within ... More


High on God: How Megachurches Won the Heart of America

James Wellman, Katie Corcoran, and Kate Stockly

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780199827718
eISBN:
9780190053949
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199827718.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Humans are homo duplex, seeking to be individuals but knowing this is only possible in communities. Thus, humans struggle to integrate these two sides of their nature. Megachurches have been ... More


Conclusion: An Unappreciated Legacy

Jay M. Price

in Temples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture in Postwar America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199925957
eISBN:
9780199980482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925957.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Like the organized religion that inspired them, religious structures erected after World War II were the products of a particular time and place. When society changed, those structures no longer ... More


Defining Religion: Sacred Moral Communities

James K. Wellman, Katie E. Corcoran, and Kate J. Stockly

in High on God: How Megachurches Won the Heart of America

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780199827718
eISBN:
9780190053949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199827718.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

We provide and support our definition of religion. Religion is (1) a social enactment of a desire for the ultimate. It is (2) embodied in ritual practices; (3) described by systems of symbols and ... More


Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

Kate Bowler

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199827695
eISBN:
9780199345342
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827695.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


Introduction: The Black Megachurch

Sandra L. Barnes

in Live Long and Prosper: How Black Megachurches Address HIV/AIDS and Poverty in the Age of Prosperity Theology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249565
eISBN:
9780823252619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249565.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The chapter introduces the book's premise as a mixed-methodological study of large Black churches in the United States and their responses to HIV/AIDS and poverty - two pressing social problems in ... More


Conclusion: The Black Megachurch in the New Millennium—Responding to Social Problems

Sandra L. Barnes

in Live Long and Prosper: How Black Megachurches Address HIV/AIDS and Poverty in the Age of Prosperity Theology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249565
eISBN:
9780823252619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249565.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The chapter calls into question existing anecdotal generalities that Black megachurches espouse Prosperity theology, but instead argues for the usage of Prosperity symbolism that has been erroneously ... More


Institutions, Leaders, and Features of the New Calvinist Movement

Brad Vermurlen

in Reformed Resurgence: The New Calvinist Movement and the Battle Over American Evangelicalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190073510
eISBN:
9780190073541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190073510.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 2 provides a basic, introductory description of the New Calvinism. The chapter begins with short descriptions of the three New Calvinist megachurches at which I conducted participant ... More


Megachurches, Celebrity Pastors, and the Evangelical Industrial Complex

Jessica Johnson

in Religion and Popular Culture in America, Third Edition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520291447
eISBN:
9780520965225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520291447.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that the accelerated ascendency of megachurch celebrity pastors is best examined and understood in terms of marketing strategy and commodification processes specific to a digital ... More


Wealth

Kate Bowler

in Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199827695
eISBN:
9780199345342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827695.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter follows the explosion of the prosperity gospel in the late 1970s and how it convinced believers to calculate their conviction according to their wallets. The movement thrived and ... More


Deconstructing Congregational Practices

Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel

in The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199959884
eISBN:
9780199375004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959884.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Hybridity is characteristic of the practices of emerging congregations, including pub churches, neo-monastic communities, religious arts collectives, and other more recognizably “congregational” ... More


Religious Branding and the Quest to Meet Consumer Needs: Joel Osteen’s “Message of Hope”

Katja Rakow

in Religion and the Marketplace in the United States

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199361793
eISBN:
9780190233082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361793.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shows how megachurch prosperity preacher Joel Osteen’s message merges market and religious practices. Branding, the chapter explains, gives products a supplemental aura, a sense of ... More


California Kickback

Randall Balmer

in Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, 25th Anniversary edition

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199360468
eISBN:
9780190258252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199360468.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter presents the author's account of his visit to the Calvary Chapel in southern California. He describes the worship services, the congregation, senior pastor Chuck Smith, church-sponsored ... More


Music, Media, and Message: Transitions in Contemporary American Evangelical Music

Stephen A. Marini

in Resounding Transcendence: Transitions in Music, Religion, and Ritual

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199737642
eISBN:
9780190490133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737642.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter examines Evangelical music’s transformations of contemporary American genres by looking at winners of the Dove Awards and the music program of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church broadcasts. ... More


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