Prosperity Gospel: Did Christianity Cause the Crash?

America’s mainstream religious denominations used to teach the faithful that they would be rewarded in the afterlife. But over the past generation, a different strain of Christian faith has proliferated€”one that promises to make believers rich in the here and now.

Known as the prosperity gospel, and claiming tens of millions of adherents, it fosters risk-taking and intense material optimism. It pumped air into the housing bubble. And one year into the worst downturn since the Depression, it’s still going strong.
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– Source / Full Story: Did Christianity Cause the Crash?, Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic, Dec. 2009 — Quicklinked by Religion News Blog

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