The city as promised land: moral reasoning, evil, and the dark side of capitalism in Ukraine

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Abstract

The theological prescriptions of a believer's burden preached at a large non-denominational Charismatic megachurch in Ukraine involve transforming the city in which one lives into a promised land. The means to do so involve making money and using that money to create 'blessings' for others. The actions of a group of entrepreneurs associated with this megachurch who have put this theology into practice have led to cross-cutting indictments of evil. The controversy that ensued over the proper response of a believer to suffering and urban plight reveals how the processes of moral reasoning to determine the sources of evil can be interpreted very differently when there is little agreement over the divine or demonic providence of money and what the public role of religion should be.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-384
Number of pages20
JournalReligion
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

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  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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