Last week, I read Hanna Rosin’s article in The Atlantic, “Did Christianity Cause the Crash?” In it, Rosin explores the “prosperity gospel” movement so prevalant in certain Protestant circles. Oddly, Oral Roberts, one of the prosperity gospel’s popularizers, died the next day.
I am just shy of being solipsistically self-absorbed enough to believe that all of cosmic history revolves around my awareness of the world. However, it does seem that way much of the time. I suppose that if great texts can speak to people on different levels, addressing them where they are, the greatest author may do the same with the text of creation. It’s just a passing thought.
Rosin covers the prosperity gospel phenomenon and asks if the doctrine played a part in the recent housing bubble. If God blesses with material riches those who pray to him, shouldn’t we expect green manna to fall from heaven so we can afford that new, big home? Or, maybe, I am thinking of mammon. Those Protestant preachers on television get me confused between the two. Perhaps, their followers share the same confusion.