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Religions 2018, 9(3), 80; doi:10.3390/rel9030080

Religion as Play: Pentecostalism as a Theological Type

Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Received: 12 February 2018 / Revised: 6 March 2018 / Accepted: 9 March 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
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This article suggests that Pentecostalism constitutes a genuine type of religion we can label as play. In order to identify the particular elements of this type, the article makes use of Erving Goffman’s frame analysis to organize Pentecostal theological activity. This methodological starting point is followed by an overview of existing interpretations of Pentecostalism as a form of play. The main portion of this essay then constructs from an analysis of everyday experiences visible in Pentecostalism a primary framework of activities oriented around the transformative encounter with the Holy Spirit. The sequence of activity involves a primary and overlapping pattern of Pentecostal spirituality, experience, narrative, affections, practices, and embodiment. Demonstrating that play is not exclusive to Pentecostalism, but that Pentecostals manifest a particularly visible form, demands that greater attention is paid both to Pentecostalism as a religious tradition and to play as a theological model. View Full-Text
Keywords: Pentecostalism; play; theology; frame analysis; typology Pentecostalism; play; theology; frame analysis; typology
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Vondey, W. Religion as Play: Pentecostalism as a Theological Type. Religions 2018, 9, 80.

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