The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Evangelical Empire

Book - 2017
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PTL traces the lives of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, from humble beginnings to wealth, fame, and eventual disgrace after revelations of a sex scandal and massive financial mismanagement. -- Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780199379712
Branch Call Number: 269.2092 WIG
Characteristics: x, 407 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Praise the Lord
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Mar 16, 2018

An evenhanded account of the founding, rise, and collapse of the PTL television “ministry.” This book places it squarely in the context of the ascent of pentecostalist thinking and “thereapeutic” Christianity that arose after the end of World War II. Unfettered by any sort of discipline, these two erected a Ponzi scheme on the back of their true “believers.” They themselves believed in magic, making Bible verses a series of incantations, and that a set of accounting ledgers didn’t tell the true story, so long as they had the “mathematics of God” (in this case, a second set of books) on their side. Divorced after Jim's incarceration, Tammy Faye now dead, Jim Bakker soldiers on in his flimflammery, selling end-of-the-world survivalist food to the preppers who are holed-up at Fort Retreat. Recommended.


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