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Published: 01 November 2012

256 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823249572

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Live Long and Prosper

How Black Megachurches Address HIV/AIDS and Poverty in the Age of Prosperity Theology

Sandra L. Barnes

A Fordham University Press Publication

Black megachurches and their pastors are often accused of: failing to use their considerable resources to help the poor; focusing on prosperity theology rather than social justice; requiring excessive monetary and time commitments of members; and, pilfering church coffers for the pastor's personal use. The debate rages on about whether these congregations are doing all they can to address specific challenges facing African American communities. Live Long and Prosper is a refreshing, innovative study that reaches beyond superficial understandings of the Black megachurch phenomenon in a piercing interrogation of how powerful megachurches address (or fail to address) two social crises in the Black community: HIV/AIDS and poverty.

Live Long and Prosper is a must read for general readers, academics, and students alike, indeed anyone interested in the contemporary Black megachurch's response to social problems and the link between theology and social action. It is at once a fascinating, readable narrative and a rich piece of scholarship complete with extensively documented endnotes, statistics, informative charts and tables, and an exhaustive bibliography.


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