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#266604 - 12/19/13 02:17 PM Where Are the People?
Ardy Offline

Registered: 12/22/05
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Loc: San Jose, Ca USA

Where Are the People?

The american Scholar

This is a longish article about the "Crystal Cathedral"
A mega church in Orange county. It's ministry is no longer self sustaining, and so the complex has been purchased by the Catholic Church.

The article sets this example as part of a broader trend where evangelical Christianity, mega churches, and mass media preachers are slowly waning in importance.
"It's not a lie if you believe it." -- George Costanza
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves. --Bertrand Russel

#266609 - 12/19/13 05:08 PM Re: Where Are the People? [Re: Ardy]
pdx rick Offline
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Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 37284
Loc: Portland, Oregon
Originally Posted By: Ardy
...article sets this example as part of a broader trend where evangelical Christianity, mega churches, and mass media preachers are slowly waning in importance.

Where are the people, indeed, to support the lavish lifestyle of these "preachers." Great article, Ardy, thanks for the link. smile
Contrarian, extraordinaire

#266615 - 12/19/13 07:36 PM Re: Where Are the People? [Re: Ardy]
pondering_it_all Offline
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Registered: 02/27/06
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Loc: North San Diego County
Evangelists with their mega-churches are just pyramid marketing scam artists, selling Jesus instead of vitamins. I think they found the perfect buyer: The Crystal Cathedral will be a perfect example of what's been wrong with The Catholic Church for the last 1500 years.

I think they could have made a much better use of the building by adding multiple floors inside the glass shell, and sold it as high-tech office space.

#268194 - 02/06/14 01:00 PM Re: Where Are the People? [Re: pondering_it_all]
Joe Keegan Offline

Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 8707
Crystal Cathedral Catholic?

#268228 - 02/07/14 09:00 PM Re: Where Are the People? [Re: Joe Keegan]
Bored Member Offline

Registered: 03/09/10
Posts: 113
Originally Posted By: Joe Keegan
Crystal Cathedral Catholic?

Not the congregation but the real estate is. The catholic church bought it a couple years ago. They lease it back to the Young Rev. Schuler.

Edited by Bored Member (02/07/14 09:01 PM)

#268229 - 02/07/14 09:19 PM Re: Where Are the People? [Re: Ardy]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline

Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 10980
Loc: Whittier, California
The "young" Rev. Schuler?
I worked on a film of his.
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