Selling prosperity theology to the poor attracts criticism from those who believe that the Universal Church exploits the credulity of the desperate. In his book [The Bishop: the Revelatory Story of Edir Macedo] Mr Macedo defends himself robustly. Those who earn nothing can still come to services and enjoy the large air-conditioned hall and a clean bathroom without paying. They may go away determined to succeed, and might even give up drinking, stop beating their wives and join the church. "Whom have I harmed? That is the question: whom have I harmed?" He attacks the Catholic Church for eulogising poverty.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
The Economist reported from Sao Paulo on the appeal of Edir Macedo and his Universal Church.
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