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

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Practicing the Faith

The Ritual Life of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians

Edited by Martin Lindhardt

352 pages, 2 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-770-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (April 2011)

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The book is a solid piece of work…Besides the theoretical novelties, the amount of empiric material that is presented is one of the book’s major benefits…the anthology represents a breakthrough in Pentecostal is one of the most interesting books that has been written on charismatic Christianity for a long time, and it must absolutely be read by everyone with an interest in Pentecostalism or/and ritual theory.”  ·  Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review

The quality of the essays is thankfully high, even as the cumulative result of the volume is suggestive for rethinking contemporary theories of ritual. This suggests that Practicing the Faithnot only tells us about pentecostal-charismatic life, but it also has methodological implications for anthropologists and other students of ritual. The study of Pentecostalism, thus, shows itself to be no less surprising than the phenomenon itself.  ·  Religious Studies Review

"This is a welcome collection of essays on ritual within Pentecostal and charismatic churches [that] will stake out new ground in a very crowded field."  ·  Matthew Engelke, London School of Economics


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.

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.

Subject: Anthropology of Religion Anthropology (General)


Martin Lindhardt

Chapter 1.The Obvious Aspects of Pentecostalism: Ritual and Pentecostal Globalization
Joel Robbins

Chapter 2. Laying our sins on the altar: Ritualising charismatic Catholic reconciliation and healing
Jacqueline Ryle

Chapter 3. Healing and Redomestication: Reconstitution of the Feminine Self in South Korean Evangelical Cell Group Ritual Practices
Kelly Chong

Chapter 4. Ritualization of Life
Thomas J. Csordas

Chapter 5. Adventure and Atrophy in a Charismatic Movement: Returning to the ‘Toronto Blessing’
Martyn Percy

Chapter 6. Ritual Use of the Bible in African Pentecostalism
Paul Gifford

Chapter 7. Voices: Presence and Prophecy in Charismatic Ritual
Simon Coleman

Chapter 8. When God Interferes. Ritual, Empowerment and Divine Presence in Chilean Pentecostalism
Martin Lindhardt

Chapter 9. Quiet Deliverances
Jon Bialecki

Chapter 10. Imperfect Vessels: Emotion and rituals of anti-Ritual in American Pentecostal and Charismatic devotional life
Gretchen Pfeil

Chapter 11. Public Rituals and Political Positioning: Venezuelan Evangelicals and the Chávez Government
David Smilde

Notes on Contributors


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