City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala / Edition 1

City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala / Edition 1

by Kevin Lewis O'Neill
     
 

In Guatemala City today, Christianity isn't just belief system-it is a counter-insurgency. Amidst postwar efforts at democratization, multinational, megachurches have conquered street corners and kitchen tables, guiding the faithful to build a sanctified city brick by brick. Drawing on rich interviews, Kevin Lewis O'Neill tracks the culture and politics of one such

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Overview

In Guatemala City today, Christianity isn't just belief system-it is a counter-insurgency. Amidst postwar efforts at democratization, multinational, megachurches have conquered street corners and kitchen tables, guiding the faithful to build a sanctified city brick by brick. Drawing on rich interviews, Kevin Lewis O'Neill tracks the culture and politics of one such church, looking at how neo-Pentecostal Christian practices have become acts of citizenship in a new, politically relevant era for Protestantism. Focusing on everyday practices-praying for Guatemala, speaking in tongues for the soul of the crime-O'Neill finds that Christian citizenship has repoliticized the faithful as they struggle to understand what it means to be a believer in a desperately violent Central American city.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520260634
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Series:
Anthropology of Christianity Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,333,096
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

preface XIII

City of God: An Introduction 1

1 Shouldering the Weight: The Promise of Citizenship 31

2 Policing the Soul: The Cellular Construction of Christian Citizenship 60

3 Onward, Christian Soldier: Solitary Responsibility and Spiritual Warfare 87

4 The Founding Fathers: The Problem of Fatherhood and the Generational Imagination 115

5 Hands of Love: Christian Charity and the Place of the Indigenous 143

6 Cities of God: International Theologies of Citizenship 170

Disappointment: A Conclusion 199

Notes 215

Bibliography 243

Index 271

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