Dr. Phillip Luke Sinitiere introduces us to the story behind Lakewood Church, one of America’s larges and most controversial congregations. Sinitiere is the author of Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity (New York University Press: 2015).

Interview by Richard Newton 

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan

Bibliography

Kate Bowler, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Darren Dochuk, From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Plain-Folk, Grassroots Politics, and Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 2011).

John S. Halley, Jr., The History of New Thought from Mind Cure to Positive Thinking and the Prosperity Gospel (West Chester, PA: Swedenborg Foundation Press, 2012).

Dan P. McAdams, The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By, Revised and Expanded Edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Dr. Phillip Luke Sinitiere’s website.

______., Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity (New York: New York University Press, 2015).

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