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The Spirit of Late Capitalism

O'Brien, Hettie

Publisher:  Jacobin
Date Written:  05/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

A look at Pentecostalism, one of the world's fastest growing religious movements, which preaches a seductive message to the marginalized: that religious prayer, not political action, is a solution to their earthly woes.


Excerpt: "Misery, poverty, unemployment. You know - everything is dreadful! But these problems aren't caused by things out there. They’re caused by spirits."

So says Bishop Formigioni. He has come far, flying from Sao Paulo to minister a service of four thousand followers at a Pentecostal church in North London. His ecstatic sermon rises from didactic preaching to hands-on healing. Then he brings the congregation to a climax.

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