A religion scholar who studies the prosperity gospel argued that Donald Trump represents the “most stunning example” of the success of this theology. At the Faith Angle Forum in Miami last month sponsored by the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center, Kate Bowler, a history professor from Duke Divinity School unpacked the nuances of what is often referred to as the “health and wealth gospel” or “prosperity theology” before prominent religion journalists. Among

the many things her book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, explores are the origins and dimensions of prosperity teaching, how such teaching manifests in the United States and around the world, and how it feeds the “self-made American” ideal. “When I first wrote Blessed, I thought that my job primarily was to explain why one of the most derided Christian movements in American history was not just a punch line. I wanted them to be taken seriously, as we historians like to say, despite its reputation for being maudlin and smarmy,” Bowler explained.  READ MORE