Literacy and Religion: The Textual Politics and Practice of Seventh-Day Adventism

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 343 pages
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This book explores the interrelation of literacy and religion as practiced by Western Christians in, first, historical contexts and, second, in one contemporary church setting. Using both a case study and a Foucauldian theoretical framework, the book provides a sustained analysis of the reciprocal discursive construction of literacy, religiosity and identity in one Seventh-day Adventist Church community of Northern Australia. Critical linguistic and discourse analytic theory is used to disclose processes of theological (church), familial (home) and educational (school) normalisation of community members into regulated ways of hearing and speaking, reading and writing, being and believing. Detailed analyses of spoken and written texts taken from institutional and local community settings show how textual religion is an exemplary technology of the self, a politics constituted by canonical texts, interpretive norms, textual practices, ritualised events and sociopolitical protocols that, ultimately, are turned in upon the self. The purpose of these analyses is to show how, across denominational difference in belief (tradition) and practice, particular versions of self and society are constructed through economies of truth from text that constrain what can and cannot be articulated and enacted by believers.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Literacy and Religion as Social and Discursive Practices
1
Literacy and Religion in History
22
Historical and Institutional Background
55
A Contextual Description
93
Theological Construction of the Adventist Literate
123
Familial Construction of the Adventist Literate
174
Educational Construction of the Adventist Literate
217
The Politics of Religious Literacies
259
Facsimile of standard adult Sabbath lesson pamphlet 19944849 AprJim
299
Transcript of sermon Authority rebellion and service
301
List of character traits fostered in preschool program text The Ladder of Life 1977
308
Philosophy and objectives of Seventhday Adventist education
310
Objectives of language component of Murrayville curriculum document
312
Objectives of reading component of Murrayville curriculum document
313
Transcript of school lesson Gods health laws
314
References
317

List of book titles by E G White
287
Twentyseven fundamentals of Seventhday Adventist Belief
289
Offices proposed by Riverside Church nominating committee 1990
297

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