Prosperity theology.

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      Prosperity theology is a set of theological beliefs common among some Christians, especially American evangelical Protestants. Prosperity theology, which is also known as the prosperity gospel and word of faith, teaches believers that those people who are most favored by God will benefit materially from God. Adherents in prosperity theology believe that they will be blessed with material wealth because of their devotion to God and their willingness to make other sacrifices for him. This line of thinking links prayer with success. Prosperity theology has its roots in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; however, it became a larger cultural force in the United States in the 2000s and 2010s. Prosperity theology is, for the most part, an American theological tradition. Some theologians believe that the embrace of capitalism in the United States has helped propel the popularity of prosperity theology. In popular culture, the concept has become linked with televangelists and large evangelical megachurches; however, this theology is practiced by many different groups with different backgrounds. The philosophy has also been criticized by many people, both other Christians and non-Christians.