Go Tell It on the Mountain sheds light on James Baldwin’s response to his Pentecostal religious inheritance. Baldwin writes protagonist John Grimes’s experience of “salvation” as an act of his own break with his past and the inauguration of a new vocation as authorial witness of his times. This break is premised on the experience of kairos, a form of time that was derived from Baldwin’s experience of Pentecostalism. Through John Grimes’s experience, Baldwin represents a break with the past that begins with the kairotic moment and progresses through the beginnings of self-love and the possibility of freedom enabled by this love. This essay contributes a new perspective on discussions of Baldwin’s representation of time and his relationship to Christianity.
This book examines the contribution of different Christian traditions to the waves of democratisation that have swept various parts of the world in recent decades, offering an historical overview of Christianity's engagement with the development of democracy, before focusing in detail on the period since the 1970s. Successive chapters deal with: the Roman Catholic conversion to democracy and the contribution of that church to democratisation; the Eastern Orthodox ‘hesitation’ about democracy; the alleged threat to American democracy posed by the politicisation of conservative Protestantism; and the likely impact on democratic development of the global expansion of Pentecostalism. The author draws out several common themes from the analysis of these case studies, the most important of which is the ‘liberal-democracy paradox’. This ensures that there will always be tensions between faiths which proclaim some notion of absolute truth and political order, and which are also rooted in the ideas of compromise, negotiation and bargaining.
The impact of global Pentecostalism on democratisation is almost as hotly debated as the influence of the Christian Right on the American polity, and in some analyses the two movements are seen as connected. Initial studies tended to assume that Pentecostals were politically conservative and quiescent, inclined to other-worldly values that simply accepted the political order in the countries where they lived and worshipped. Several writers pointed to the support that Pentecostal leaders offered to General Pinochet in Chile, or to the
During the past fifteen years, many thousands of people have passed through the Irish asylum system, especially migrants from Africa. Public debates in Ireland, in common with other EU Member States, have been framed by ‘integration’ discourse. However, not enough is known about lived experiences of integration, especially among former asylum seekers and their families. This book builds on several years of in-depth ethnographic research to provide a striking portrait of the integration experiences of African migrants in Dundalk, Drogheda and Dublin. The book draws on contemporary anthropological theory to explore labour integration, civic and political participation, religion, education and youth identity. The stories of several key research participants are threaded through the book. The book draws out the rich voices of African migrants who struggle in their everyday lives to overcome racism and exclusion and, yet, are producing new cultural formations and generating reasons for societal hope. Set against the backdrop of a severe economic crisis and the ever-present hand of neo-liberal policies, this book is about everyday struggles and new visions for the future.
ways of Being-in-the-world (Fischer 1999).
This chapter represents an effort to make sense of events such as this Jesus
Walk and the everyday lives of the participants. We are concerned to show what is
at stake for those involved. In obvious ways, our opening vignette describes
Pentecostal worshippers engaging in a religious ritual. Much, therefore, must be
said about Pentecostalism before appreciating its local articulations, from its
central tenets and practices to its rapid rise and spread across the globe. However,
this religious event cannot be bracketed
seen the rise of a particular kind of Protestantism, known as Pentecostalism. Historically, Protestantism has been a broad and multi-faceted phenomenon. It includes the modern descendants of the original Anglicans, Lutherans and Calvinists, the reformists who in the sixteenth century shook Western Christianity apart by rejecting not only the supremacy of the Pope, but all the centralised structures and ritual of the Roman Catholic Church. And then Protestantism produced the Methodists, Baptists and other so-called ‘non-conformists’ of the late eighteenth and
The conclusion argues that today Brazil’s urban peripheries have two
dichotomous public façades: on the one hand, they are the cause of ‘urban
violence’ that calls for more repression; on the other hand, they are the
focus of the ‘national development’ project which would turn poor people
into middle-class individuals. The idea of urban violence, as commonly
perceived, has displaced the focus of the contemporary social question from
‘the worker’ to the ‘marginal people’. As a side effect, tensions between
‘crime’ and ‘state’ regimes have grown and their relationship has found a
common basis in monetised markets. Money seems to mediate the relationship
between forms of life which, from other perspectives – legal or moral –
would be in radical alterity. Consumption emerges as a form of common life
and mercantile expansion, above all, connecting legal and illegal markets
and fostering urban violence that otherwise would have been under control,
had those territories seen economic development. Religion, and especially
Pentecostalism, emerges as a plausible source of mediation between the
For many of the taxi drivers we met Pentecostalism offered a different space through which to interpret their encounters with racism within their everyday lives. As another driver, Michael explained:
It is racism, FACT!! People can call it whatever they like, but it is pure racism when someone looks at you and say, ‘Oh it is a black driver’, and then goes behind you and finds a white driver … It is humiliating, degrading … Is it I am a subhuman being? But I refuse to accept this kind of theory that I am a
Universal do Reino de Deus
(IURD). These polemical attacks, which provoked violence against
people of other faiths, especially Afro-Brazilians, were opposed by
non-violent protests, when Afro-Brazilians were joined during
grassroots ecumenical marches by Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Buddhists and Baha’is.
What van Wyk makes plain is that the Pentecostalism imported
from Brazil is extreme, devoted not to Christian peace but to religious intolerance, opposition to reconciliation, and an unforgiving
divisiveness – it is the extreme in which members are as strangers
count. There is little doubt among those who know
her that some day she will hold an important office. And, when Benedicta does
gain such an office it will not just mark her successful integration or Ireland’s
successful integration of migrants, rather that Benedicta’s upward mobility and
leadership skills are a part of what integration actually means – she, among
others, is giving social and cultural content to that word in Ireland.
Throughout the course of two years of sustained ethnographic research we
constantly encountered the power of Pentecostalism in the lives