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Only (Dis-)Connect: Pentecostal Global Networking as Revelation and Concealment
Department for the Study of Religion, Jackman Humanities Building, University of Toronto, ON M5R 2M8, Canada
Received: 17 April 2013; in revised form: 10 July 2013 / Accepted: 2 August 2013 / Published: 9 August 2013
Abstract: Contemporary forms of Pentecostalism, such as that of the Faith Movement, are often represented as inherently global, constituting a religion ‘made to travel’ and to missionize across the world. I argue that while much attention has been paid to proselytization as a catalyst in encouraging transnational activities among such Christians, more analysis is needed of how Pentecostalists represent each other in the construction of global imaginaries. The imagined and enacted networks that result assert connections between like-minded believers but also valorize the power of distance in the creation of landscapes of religious agency whose power is illustrated through such tropes as ‘number’, ‘mobility’, ‘presence’ and ‘conquest’. I juxtapose two Prosperity-oriented movements, that of the Swedish Word of Life and the Nigerian Redeemed Christian Church of God, to indicate further how Christians who appear to be conjoined via common forms of worship appear, from another perspective, to be inhabiting and moving across disjunct global landscapes and cartographies as they engage in very different forms of mobility.
Keywords: prosperity; health and wealth; pentecostalism; networks; Word of Life; Redeemed Christian Church of God; Sweden; Nigeria
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Coleman, S. Only (Dis-)Connect: Pentecostal Global Networking as Revelation and Concealment. Religions 2013, 4, 367-390.
Coleman S. Only (Dis-)Connect: Pentecostal Global Networking as Revelation and Concealment. Religions. 2013; 4(3):367-390.
Coleman, Simon. 2013. "Only (Dis-)Connect: Pentecostal Global Networking as Revelation and Concealment." Religions 4, no. 3: 367-390.