More than Hobby Lobby

16 Apr

What is the difference between Hobby Lobby and some megachurches, other than tax status? I know, I know, a lot. But at a core level, is there a similar history there that ties these types of organizations together? I’d argue yes. Both have strong doctrinal beliefs, both spread those beliefs to the masses either through broadcasts and services or through products and business practices. The difference, of course, is that megachurches evangelize in an open, intentional way and corporations like Hobby Lobby are more slippery in their approach. They want to be religious organizations but without the pulpit or fancy glass podium that can be removed for the massive praise band, if you want to get technical.

So writes historian (and former Hobby Lobby employee) Charity Carney at the Religion in American History blog about Hobby Lobby’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the entire piece here: Religion in American History: More than Hobby Lobby: My Take as a Scholar of Religious History.

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