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Discontinuity and the discourse of conversion

By Matthew Engelke

Abstract

This paper focuses on the conversion narrative of a man in the Johane Masowe weChishanu Church, an apostolic church in Zimbabwe. Taking up recent discussions within anthropology on Pentecostal and charismatic churches, the author shows how apostolics talk about conversion as a distinct break with 'African custom'. It is argued that anthropologists of religion need to take such narratives of discontinuity seriously because they allow us to understand better the dynamics of religious change

Topics: BR Christianity, GN Anthropology
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1163/157006604323056732
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:2610
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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