Sunday, March 30, 2008

If redemption fails, you can still use the free bathroom

The Economist reported from Sao Paulo on the appeal of Edir Macedo and his Universal Church.
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.

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