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Spirits and letters reading, writing, and charisma in African Christianity

Author: Thomas G Kirsch
Publisher: New York, N.Y. [u.a.] Berghahn Books 2011
Dissertation: Zugl.: Frankfurt (Oder), Univ., Diss., 2002
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : English : 1. paperback edView all editions and formats

This book challenges prevailing scholarly notions of the relationship between charisma and institution by analysing reading and writing practices in contemporary Christianity. Taking up the  Read more...


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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas G Kirsch
ISBN: 9780857451422 0857451421
OCLC Number: 1043358195
Accession No: (DE-576)392027062 (DE-599)BSZ392027062
Description: IX, 274 S.
Contents: List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Notes on Language Introduction Charisma - Institution Charisma/Spirit/Orality - Institution/Letter/Literacy African Literate Religion 'Spirit' and 'Letter' in African Christianity Examining Literacy Practices The Fieldwork Outline of the Book PART I: HISTORIES AND ETHNOGRAPHIES Chapter 1. Colonial Literacies Mission, School and Printing Press Steps towards Secularization Counterforce in Writing What is a School? Resistance and Non-religious Literacies Colonial Bureaucracy Evangelists as Administrators Chapter 2. Passages, Configurations, Traces At the Edge of the Road On the Road Early Evangelisations Christianity in the 1990s Religious Intersections Chapter 3. Schooled Literacy, Schooled Religion PART II: LITERATE RELIGION Enrolment in School After the Ringing of the Bell Recitations of Syllabi Experiences with Mission Schools Contemporary Religious Education Chapter 4. Literate Cultures in a Material World The Bible as an Everyday Object Literacy in Times of Paper Shortage Getting Hold of Christian Publications Publications as Property Chapter 5. Indices to the Scriptural Bible Talks Programmatic Visibility References to the Book Chapter 6. The Fringes of Christianity Blurrings and Criteria Turning Letters Upside Down Chapter 7. Thoughts about 'Religions of the Book' Book People Scriptural Inerrancy and Authority Canonization and the Bridging of Realms PART III: WAYS OF READING Chapter 8. Texts, Readers, Spirit Bibles, Versions, Origins Pamphlets and Eclecticism Selections and Combinations Private Readings, Implicit Influences Bible Studies Chapter 9. Evanescence and the Necessity of Intermediation The Impossibility of Storing the Holy Spirit Objects, Bodies and Spiritual Evanescence Chapter 10. Setting Texts in Motion Deciphering and Preaching Sediments of the Spirit Chapter 11. Missions in Writing Literacy Networking The Jehovah's Witnesses: Questions and Answers The New Apostolic Church: Mediation via Circulars Supplements as 'Obligatory Passage Points' Enablement through Denominational Publications Chapter 12. Enablements to Literacy Rumination and Scholarship Scripture and Enablement Enabling Supplements PART IV: BUREAUCRACY IN THE PENTECOSTAL-CHARISMATIC MODE Chapter 13. Offices and the Dispersion of Charisma Bureaucracy as Social Practice Organizational Formalization as a Founding Myth Dispersing Charisma, Allocating Offices Charisma, Hierarchies, Variations Ignorance and Mutual Recognition Chapter 14. Positions of Writers, Positions in Writings Certifications of Authority God's Secretaries Identifications and Registries Fixing Polyvalent Rites of Passage Portrayals of the Momentary Chapter 15. Outlines for the Future, Documents of the Immediate Agendas as Revelations Reports of the Unpredictable Agendas, Reports, and the Holy Spirit Re-spiritualizing Bureaucracy Chapter 16. Bureaucracy In-Between Flows and Facades African Christianity and the State Formalizing Social Relations Imagining the State Legacies and Isomorphism Presentations and Concealments Bureaucracy as Pentecostal-charismatic Empowerment Chapter 17. Epilogue Bibliography Index
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