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History Prosperity teaching began around 1875 and was mainly focused on the healing services done by New Thought healers in the United States 7 . This New Thought healers mainly appealed to women, because of the freedom these New Thought healers gave to women, in expressing themselves in ways not acceptable in those days. Beryl Satter found a unique connection to the women psyche and the New Thought movement, it even inspired Satter to write a book entitled Each Mind a Kingdom 8 . Satter discovered that women were told that they were unable to work because of their sex, the New Thought movement gave women an empowerment about themselves and their worth 9 . The founder of the New thought movement was Emma Curtis Hopkins, whom was trained by Phineas Quimby’s student Mary Bakker Eddy. This is significant 4 Hladky. "I Double Dog Dare you in Jesus’ Name! Claiming Christian Wealth and the American Prosperity Gospel.", 84. 5 Romans 4:17. 6 Hladky. "I Double Dog Dare you in Jesus’ Name! Claiming Christian Wealth and the American Prosperity Gospel.", 84. 7 Hladky. "I Double Dog Dare you in Jesus’ Name! Claiming Christian Wealth and the American Prosperity Gospel.", 85. 8 Hladky. "I Double Dog Dare you in Jesus’ Name! Claiming Christian Wealth and the American Prosperity Gospel." 9 Beryl Satter, Each Mind a Kingdom: American women, sexual purity, and the New Thought movement, 1875-1920 (Berkley: University of California Press, 2001), 18 .
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Hogan 5 for the fact that Phineas Quimby was credit as the founder of the New Thought movement, until Gail Harley’s biography of Emma Curtis Hopkins 10 . Between 1905 and 1920 shift happened in the New Thought teachings. That shift was the New Thought healers targeting poverty as a mindset, by teaching people God wanted them to be prosperous. Specifically, this affected white, middle class women because they began to love the freedom that money offered them. The effects of New Thought movement may have had an impact on African American’s. However little documentation exists until the 20 th century. The New Thought movement evolved into the Faith movement in the 19 th and 20 th century where mega churches attracted many from the “black church”, because there was no acknowledge of racism 11 . Denying racism does not fix it, that is what these Faith movement churches do by saying that a person just needs to change their mind about their situation. The 1980’s is when the Faith movement changed into the present day “Name it and Claim it” teachings. Present “Name it and Claim it” The founder of the “name it and Claim it” movement was Frederick K.C. Price 12 . Price was the first African American preacher to teach that a person can “sow” their way out of debt, simply by giving to the church. Price and Kenneth Copeland were the first preachers to bring prosperity teaching to television. The main appeal for some blacks was that Price did not preach 10 Hladky. "I Double Dog Dare you in Jesus’ Name! Claiming Christian Wealth and the American Prosperity Gospel.", 86.
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  • JamesThompson
  • Prosperity theology, Timothy Hogan, Word of Faith

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