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Oprah Winfrey Show’s Final Episode: End Of A Religion?

Wednesday May 25, 2011 the lights will dim in the First Church of Oprah as the Oprah Winfrey Show ends a run began in 1986.  Surprised by that formulation?  Shocked that I would call the show a kind of church?  Well, there is no question that Oprah created a kind of religion over the past 25 years.  It had Priests and teachers of sacred wisdom such a Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Truddi Chase, and Nate Berkus, just to name a few.  It even had ‘fallen angels’ like James Frey. 

You may not like what these people taught, and frankly, I think much of it was no better than snake oil, which often did more harm than good, but the same could be said of many religious teachers.  And the fact that in many cases, these teachers simply made people feel good about themselves by letting those in the pews hear about and see others who were far worse off, is pretty pathetic.  Of course, it’s also a move made by the leaders of more than few religious communities.


The First Church of Oprah had a shared language and there were appointed times of gathering.  There was an overarching narrative and it was reinforced by an evolving canon of literature endorsed by the founder of the church.  God was even invoked, but so carefully and infrequently that there was room in this church for theists and atheists alike.

The fact that Oprah created a kind of church, and could therefore be considered a religious leader, does not mean that what she did was good.  In fact, like most religious phenomena, there is evidence of both good and bad.  Ironically, or perhaps as proof that it really was a church, both the good and bad are very much like the good and bad created by more traditional churches.

Let’s start with Oprah herself.  Was she high priestess or was she a goddess?  Like most charismatic creatives, especially those with a keen sense of marketing, it was never clear if people were meant to worship Oprah or to follow her lead in creating better lives for themselves.  If that doesn’t sound like a question with which religious leaders deal all of the time, I don’t know what does.


How about the relationship between personal salvation and genuine obligation to help others, including those not a part of the “holy community”?  Again, this is a question for most religious communities, though it seems as if it is one where the Church of Oprah gets especially low marks in terms of the church’s members. 

While it may have led to increased personal happiness for its followers, the level of service to others upon which it focused was quite low.  To be fair, Oprah herself has tried to set a personal example and has given away more than 10% of her Forbes-estimated 2.5 billion dollar worth.

I could go on, but you get the point.  Some of us may like what this church taught and accomplished, and others of us may not, but if it sounds like a church, practices like a church, inspires like a church, etc. I am pretty sure it’s a church – for better or for worse.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    Jews are in control of Oprah…everything that was talked about or done on the Oprah show first had to be approved by the jews that control hollywood…jews control everything you see on american TV…all your life you have been programmed by jew TV to defend unregulated jew greed…jews have conquered america and are allowing the white house to govern under jew rule…god is not pleased with the jews…jesus the messiah the jews killed never wanted the chosen people of god to be involved with world…lucifer is giving control of the world by god to test everyone…the jews the chosen people of god have not passed the test and will be punished by god…ONCE AGAIN.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MH

    So do they use a mind control beanie on Oprah? Is it made out of real tin or cheap aluminum?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    MH…have you ever seen any show on TV that took the side of the Palestinians…does America really need Israels help to fight against what the Jew media calls-the Muslim terrorist countries…America doesn’t benefit in any way by supporting Israel…you are all programmed to defend unregulated jew greed…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MH

    I don’t watch TV so I am not the person to ask.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    all major forms of information is controlled by Jews…Newsweek-time-people magazine-rolling stone-new york times-etc etc etc..all controlled by jews….soon the jew owned american government will do another 9/11 type of attack on its own people and jew media will blame the Muslims… MORE FREEDOMS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM AMERICANS…SOON THE INTERNET WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED BUISNESS TRANSACTIONS AND PROPERGANDA…THERE WILL BE NO TWITTER-FACEBOOK-BELIEF NET…THERE WILL BE NO MORE FREE SPEECH ON THE INTERNET…ALL FORMS OF INFORMATION IS CONTROLLED BY JEWS IN AMERICA…EXCEPT FOR THE INTERNET….FOR NOW..GOD BLESS AMERICA???

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Robert Schaefer

    What you say is correct. There was something about this OW that just did not seem right. I think that you hit the nail on the head. I am really surprised about some of the other comments made to you about Jews which have nothing to do with your article. It is amazing what satin can do to blind people. The tribute made to Oprah made my stomach turn. No I am not Jewish. You do not need to be to see what Jesus warned us about. Was not Jesus Jewish?

  • matt aug

    We’re on the same page…in fact, you just get right to the point which is great! nice work … and please consider checking out my blog…thanks!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    robert…of course jesus was jewish…and yes the jews are the chosen people of god…the point is…the chosen people of god set up their messiah Jesus- to be killed by the Romans…jesus wanted the jews to have nothing to do with the world…to love their enemy -let their enemies kill them…CHRISTIANS ARE EVEN WORSE…CHRISTIANS DONT FOLLOWING ANYTHING JESUS TAUGHT…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    Robert…religion that was created by Lucifer has blinded you…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    matt…you dont know god..he is lady ga ga…enjoy the music…learn to let go….you have no freewil…just enjoy what you see..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment your name

    romanscapegoat, it’s too late. Facebook is owned by a Jew named Zuckerberg, or didn’t you see the movie? Close your facebook account NOW!

    signed, Lucifer

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    your name- of course…a jew…google jews own the world…jews walked away from their messiah…to conquer the world with Lucifer…the space aliens are really Lucifer and his fallen angels…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Robert

    If not for the Jews there would be no Christians. The Jews wrote the Old Testiment when God personally spoke to them. So why do they not reconize Jesus among others as not being the Messiah? Because they know their own writings, language and culture.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    robert…just as Lucifer asked his brother jesus to join him and together rule the world…Lucifer gave the same offer to the jews if they killed their messiah…the jews killed their messiah and started conquering the world…with the help of the space aliens who are really lucifer and his fallan angels…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bill

    Hey Roman…you hate the Jews so much, my question to you is, what’s your faith? You call lucifer Jusus brother, are you a satanist? You are controlled by satan… you capitalize the name lucifer, but not the name God. I can tell your from the devil because you hate the Jews like he does. satan, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of this person

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    bill..the Jew owned republican agenda…gives money-grants-tax breaks to churches…in return churches vomit hate fear shame…which produces…YOU…an ignorant backwards hillbilly christian tea bagger who is programmed to defend unregulated jew greed…jew banks and CEO control whitehouse…OBAMA vs UNREGULATED JEW GREED….OBAMA WAS NEVER COMING AFTER THE IGNORANT BACKWARDS HILLBILLY CHRISTRISTIAN TEA BAGGERS-JUST WEALTHY JEWS…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rick P

    For someone who wrote a book entitled “You Don’t Have to be Wrong For Me to be Right”. you spend a lot of your energy trying to show how others are wrong. It is a clever title, but seems to serve what you want others to think of you, not how you really operate.

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