Investing in Miracles: El Shaddai and the Transformation of Popular Catholicism in the Philippines (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, 2005 - Religion - 207 pages
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Since the early 1980s, approximately ten million people have turned to charismatic businessman-turned-preacher Brother Mike and his Catholic prosperity movement, El Shaddai DWXI Prayer Partners Foundation International, Inc. Investing in Miracles offers an in-depth look at this unique indigenous movement, characterized by its effective use of mass media and its huge, emotion-filled outdoor rallies. The book investigates the sociocultural, political, and economic contexts of El Shaddai's popularity among the Filipino urban poor and aspiring middle classes and explores its significance for its followers, which reaches well beyond promises of appliances, salary raises, jobs abroad, and healing. Katharine Wiegele argues that Shaddai's theology directly engages and affirms desires for the material signs of modernity in ways that the mainstream Philippine Roman Catholic Church and Filipino leftist movements do not. At stake for its many adherents are their place and identity within the broader society; the meaning of their experiences of poverty, suffering, and oppression; and the relevance of their very notions of God, Christian community, and Christian life. Wiegele evocatively cap
  

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Contents

Seeking El Shaddai
1
Golden Rules Miracle Investments and the SeedFaith Principle
16
Mass Media and Religious Experience
41
Urban Spaces of Community and Congregation
59
Stories of Transformation and Desire
80
Local Religious Life
115
Spiritual Warfare in Sinag and Bandon
142
Epilogue
170
Notes
175
Bibliography
187
Index
201
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