Prosperity Gospel

Not too long ago, writer Benjamin Anastas published an article in Harper’s Magazine on the Prosperity Gospel during a recession.  Shortly after, Brian Lehrer of WNYC discussed the article on his own show.

In this 14 minute segment, Brian and Benjamin discuss the myths and truths of the Prosperity Gospel, which promises that if you put your faith in God, you will not have financial problems.  Of course, such ideas, along with other tenants of this gospel, have been harshly criticized over the years.  Most specifically, that one’s poverty results from a poor relationship with God.  However, there are also some very good life lesson and skills contained in this teaching.

So if you have ever been curious about the Prosperity Gospel, tune into The Brian Lehrer Show for an intriguing discussion along with clips from various preachers.

And for the Catholic take on the Prosperity Gospel, I recently ran across Fr. Robert Barron’s explanation in video online – it is also worth a listen!


Credits:  Lehrer, Brian.  “Prosperity Gospel”  The Brian Lehrer Show.  Interview.  New York:  WNYC,  February 22, 2010.


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