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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


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


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


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 ... 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


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


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


Desire for a Reliable Leader

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/9780199827718.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In this chapter, we show how megachurches meet attendees’ desire for a reliable leader. In megachurches, for those who attend, their desire and the force of feeling, the zenith of emotional energy, ... More


Desire for Deliverance

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/9780199827718.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In this chapter, we identify how megachurches meet attendees’ desire for deliverance. The preaching and music produce high levels of emotional energy that need to be released. In particular, altar ... More


Desire for Purpose in Service

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/9780199827718.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In this chapter, we demonstrate how megachurches provide individuals with purpose through service. The genius in megachurch socialization is that it not only encourages service to others, but also ... More


Desire to Re-member

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/9780199827718.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In this chapter, we show how megachurches satisfy attendees’ desire to belong in a community of like-minded others. We describe the process by which attendees go from being spectators to being active ... More


Dissecting Megachurch Scandals

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/9780199827718.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the dark side of megachurches by quantifying and theorizing megachurch scandals. We collected data on megachurch scandals and identified fifty-six such scandals discussed in ... More


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