Prosperity and the Gifts
Confused about the relationship between Pentecostalism and the prosperity gospel? Want to know what Sarah Palin and Joel Osteen have in common? Historian of American religion Anthea Butler gives a terrific “primer on Pentecostalism and its two mutations: Prosperity Gospel and the New Apostolic movement” here. Though her historical and theological assessment is biting, Butler cares about the church and wants to start a conversation about what it means to be “enamored with the world.” She also brings historical perspective to the shifting emphasis from glossolalia (speaking in tongues) to healing and exorcism in many Pentecostal and charismatic churches.