The Globalisation of Charismatic Christianity

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This book is about conservative Protestant Christians and their spread around the globe. It focuses on "Health and Wealth" Christians. A ministry in Scandinavia is shown to be closely linked to evangelicals in other parts of the world, particularly the United States. The book provides the first extended account by an anthropologist of a Health and Wealth ministry. It makes a major contribution to an understanding of the material lives of these Christians: their art, architecture and uses of electronic ...
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Overview

This book is about conservative Protestant Christians and their spread around the globe. It focuses on "Health and Wealth" Christians. A ministry in Scandinavia is shown to be closely linked to evangelicals in other parts of the world, particularly the United States. The book provides the first extended account by an anthropologist of a Health and Wealth ministry. It makes a major contribution to an understanding of the material lives of these Christians: their art, architecture and uses of electronic technologies such as television, videos and the Internet.
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"[T]he best example to date of how ethnography can illuminate the complex relationship between charismatic Christianity and the globalization of high technology and consumerism." Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe

"This anthrpological study of the Swedish neocharismatic movement, Word of Life (Livets Ord), makes an important contribution to both globalization studies and the analysis of Pentecostalism." Missiology

"...Coleman presents us with a solid anthropological analysis that helps to put flesh on the world of globalization theories and does so with a fine sense of balance between insider and outsider social-scientific perspectives. His presentation is readable and accessible to a wider audience than specialized scholars." Journal of Religion

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List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. A 'weird babel of tongues': charisma in the modern world; 2. 'Faith which conquers the world': globalisation and charisma; 3. Sweden: national 'state' and global 'site'; 4. The word of life: organising global culture; 5. Words: from narrative to embodiment; 6. Aesthetics: from iconography to architecture; 7. Broadcasting the faith; 8. Expansive agency; 9. Contesting the nation; 10. The word and the world; References; Index.
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