The Spirit of Late Capitalism
Date Written: 05/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21571
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. Theyre 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.