Practicing the Faith: The Ritual Life of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians

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Martin Lindhardt
Berghahn Books, Apr 30, 2011 - Social Science - 352 pages
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Over the past decades, Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity has arguably become the fastest growing religious movement in the world. Distinguishing features of this variant of Christianity include formal ritual activities as well as informal, experiential, and ecstatic forms of worship. This book examines Pentecostal-charismatic ritual practice in different parts of the world, highlighting, among other things, the crucial role of ritual in creating religious communities and identities.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ritual and Pentecostal Globalization
49
Ritualizing Catholic Charismatic Reconciliation and Healing in Fiji
68
Reconstitution of the Feminine Self in South Korean Evangelical Cell Group Ritual Practices
98
Chapter 4 Ritualization of Life
129
Returning to the Toronto Blessing
152
Chapter 6 The Ritual Use of the Bible in African Pentecostalism
179
Presence and Prophecy in Charismatic Ritual
198
Ritual Empowerment and Divine Presence in Chilean Pentecostalism
220
Chapter 9 Quiet Deliverances
249
Emotion and Rituals of AntiRitual in American Pentecostal and Charismatic Devotional Life
277
Venezuelan Evangelicals and the Chávez Government
306
Notes on Contributors
330
Index
333
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About the author (2011)

Martin Lindhardt is a lecturer in ethnology at the University of Copenhagen. His research and writing mainly focus on Pentecostalism in Chile and on charismatic revivalism, witchcraft, medical pluralism, and occult economies in Tanzania.

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