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Diagram for Fire : Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement (Paperback) (Jon Bialecki)
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What is the work that miracles do in American Charismatic Evangelicalism? How can miracles be unanticipated and yet worked for? And finally, what do miracles tell us about other kinds of Christianity and even the category of religion? A Diagram for Fire engages with these questions in a detailed sociocultural ethnographic study of the Vineyard, an American Evangelical movement that originated in Southern California. This movement is known worldwide for its intense musical forms of worship and for advocating the belief that all Christians can perform biblical-style miracles. Setting the miracle as both a strength and a challenge to institutional cohesion and human planning, this book situates the miracle as a fundamentally social means of producing change—surprise and the unexpected used to reimagine and reconfigure the will. Jon Bialecki shows how this configuration of the miraculous shapes typical Pentecostal and Charismatic religious practices as well as music, reading, economic choices, and conservative and progressive political imaginaries.
Number of Pages: 280
Genre: Social Science, Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Anthropology of Christianity
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Jon Bialecki
Street Date: March 14, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-1168
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