Professor Anthea Butler of the University of Rochester (photo right) was on NPR’s Morning Edition Monday speaking on the topic of “Prosperity Gospel churches,” which teach that true believers will grow rich if they only believe and send money to the church. (Click here to hear her interview with Steve Innskeep.) Prof. Butler points out that this is also known as the “People of Faith, or the Word of Faith movement.” Some of these megachurch media stars like Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, and Benny Hinn, Eddie Long, Joyce Meyer, and Paula White are the so-called “Grassley Six” under investigation now by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) for what sounds like a faith-based pyramid scheme.
Prof. Butler an expert on African American religion, evangelicalism, and fundamentalism, and is one of the participants in the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women June 12-15 in Minneapolis. She will appear on a roundtable called Religious History is American Women’s History. (See the full program here–Prof. Butler’s roundtable is #21, on page 29). Come on down and check it out in person–hers is not a face made for radio!