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Introduction

Milmon F. Harrison

in Righteous Riches

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195153132
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195153138.003.0002
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the Word of Faith Movement, one of many new forms of evangelical, charismatic Christianity to develop in the United States since World War II. It is a contemporary American religious subculture made up of denominationally independent churches, ministries, Bible training colleges and other educational institutions, voluntary organizations and fellowships, information and entertainment production facilities, and mass media broadcast networks. Rather than being part of a formal organizational structure, all of these entities are bound together into a relational network, based upon a shared understanding of the Bible, according to the movement's doctrine, the Faith Message. The founders of the movement, core beliefs and practices, and the structure and distribution of the movement are discussed.

Keywords: Word of Faith; religious movements; Christianity; charismatic Christianity; relational network; the Faith Message

Chapter.  7429 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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