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date: 25 August 2019

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Prosperity gospel refers to a variety of Protestant traditions that emphasize positive thinking, physical healing, mind-science, and material rewards. These traditions include various strands of neo-Pentecostalism, Evangelicalism, New Thought metaphysics, and the Word of Faith movement. There are three distinguishing characteristics shared by all prosperity theologies: the power confession, the materiality of ideas, and a commitment to spiritual as well as physical and abundant material well-being. Prosperity gospel, also known as the gospel of “health and wealth,” has been rejected by academic theologians, who dismiss its perceived callow ahistoricism, consumerist materialism, and crass individualism. In addition to the Word of Faith movement, two other Protestant traditions associated with prosperity gospel are the black Spiritual movement and the Unity School of Christianity.

Keywords: prosperity gospel, positive thinking, material rewards, neo-Pentecostalism, Evangelicalism, New Thought metaphysics, Word of Faith movement, power confession, black Spiritual movement, Unity School of Christianity

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