Oprah puts the “cult” in culture


In a November poll conducted at Beliefnet.com, a site that looks at how religions and spirituality intersect with popular culture, 33 percent of 6,600 respondents said Winfrey has had “a more profound impact” on their spiritual lives than their clergypersons. Is Oprah Winfrey America’s pastor:

Is Oprah a Cult Leader?, Mark Driscoll – “Her television show is a pulpit of sorts, where millions of American women tune in to hear from their great guru on everything from improving their souls to shedding their pounds. Much like a mega-church, her flock then breaks up into various small groups around the country to read the books she recommends so that her disciples can continue to grow in thinking and living according to her teaching.”

The Church of Oprah, AlbertMohler.com – “Robinson is a brave man because writing anything even remotely critical of Oprah will bring an avalanche of hate mail. [I can offer personal testimony.] But Robinson is wrong on one count. The Church of Oprah is a cult.”

Oprah’s America — The Centrality of the Self, AlbertMohler.com – “Winfreyism is the expression of an immensely reassuring and inspiring message that has, without doubt, helped millions of people carry on with their lives. And it is also an empty, cynical, icily selfish outlook on life that undercuts its own positive energy at every turn.

The Church of Oprah Winfrey–A New American Religion? , AlbertMohler.com – “Marcia Z. Nelson sees Oprah as a major American religious leader. In The Gospel According to Oprah, Nelson presents her as the symbol and catalyst for a new American religion.”

Oprah Winfrey: Agent of Moral Insanity, AlbertMohler.com – “Oprah Winfrey, widely cited as one of the most influential and admired women in America, showed herself to be an agent of moral insanity when she featured a program celebrating young children who are seeking sex-change procedures and transgender identities.”

Apparently, in the wake of Oprah’s success, she has also made some enemies in the the hip hop world.


One thought on “Oprah puts the “cult” in culture

  1. you know, if oprah didn’t keep popping up as a subject of blog entries all over the place, i would tend to just kindof forget she exists. i don’t know what that means in terms of her having cult-like influence, maybe its just because i don’t have a tv, but is her realm of power really that large? i find it hard to believe. i certainly hear more women discussing desperate housewives than oprah’s latest book club title.

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