Just want to point readers to Jason Byassee’s excellent piece on Joel Osteen. Jason is remarkably charitable to Osteen, but in the end–and because of that–offers a stinging critique of Osteen’s version of what Rodney Clapp once called “Winnie-the-Pooh” theology. Pooh bear reasons as follows: If I hear buzzing, there must be bees about; if there are bees, there must be honey; and if there is honey, it must be FOR ME! Osteen translates that into a theology which populates a stadium each Sunday.
Yet another reason that the church stands in dire need of her own Orwell.