Kate Bowler, assistant professor of American Christianity at Duke Divinity School, is author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel. She is the indebted daughter of Gerry Bowler, author of The World Encyclopedia of Christmas and Santa: A Biography.
I am a historian of the prosperity gospel. My dad is a historian of Christmas. Yes, the apple basically fell straight down beside the tree. About this time every year we have something fun to argue about: has Christmas become just another reflection of the North American cult of consumerism?
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