Ok … now they’re just sounding stupid. The media. Specifically, the Atlantic. From the Morning Joe, author Hanna Rosin tries to link the housing crisis with Mega church preaching …
“Just go out and seize that house, the money will come … and this kind of intersected with the housing crisis.”
I have not read the article, not sure I need to, but at least in this interview she quantifies nothing, as in the number of foreclosures vs the number of people who attend these churches. We sort of. Her proof is the location of the highest number of foreclosures coincides with the location of the mega churches.
Make sure you get to the where CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo takes a whack at her theory. I am not going to give it away. It comes at 1:30.
Ok, I can’t resist Hana … this one is for you.
Let me part with this too. The title of her article is Christianity caused the housing crisis “Did Christianity Cause The Crash?”. Christianity encompasses a lot of sects. I can’t speak for others, but the two churches I attended, tend to people’s spiritual life more, not their personal wealth. One is very small, and lovely, operates on a shoe string and ministers to some great folk who don’t desire riches, at least not here on earth. The other, the Catholic Church, we spend our time feeding the hungry and caring for the homeless, visiting the old and disabled, and so much more. In both, members are asked to give to carry out these missions but nothing is promised in return, not even salvation.
When an article like this uses a “crisis” to take a whack at en entire belief, it’s worth noting, simply to point out the nonsensical stuff that passes as reporting these days.
Update: Well I have finally read the article and nothing has changed. It is more of a whack at “prosperity teaching” and only tangentially linked to the housing crisis. But whatever sells I guess. The link is up on top. The article never draws a quantifiable link between the scope of the crisis and these Churches, but it does indict these churches specifically for encouraging members to take economic chances.
Even so, to indict Christianity as whole is sloppy journalism, or maybe just a headline grabbing sales technique.