pentecostalism is… (Martin, 2002)

9 10 2007

It does not make much sense to regard Pentecostalism as an imported package, especially in situations – the vast majority – which are replete with multi-cultural transfers, and where there has long been a changing market in the gods. Rather it is a repertoire of religious explorations controlled, though sometimes barely, within a Christian frame and apt for adaptation in a myriad indigenous contexts. In that it resembles the Bible, also controlled, if barely, within an ethical and monotheistic frame. People link their own stories and their group experiences to a narrative moving from slavery to liberty, exile to restoration, and also from the dark dominion of the powers through the engagements of spiritual warfare to the empowerments of the kingdom. The kind of reverential and close reading of the Bible found among Pentecostals makes them familiar with its landscape, intimate friends with its characters regarded as people like themselves, and able to find all kinds of resonances in its dreams, healings, and deliverances, in rebirths, prophecies, and expectations of future transformation. At the same time, Pentecostals will often engage in a luxuriant and mimetic redeployment of local practices, including its modes of authority, but reassembled under a Christian aegis. This is not a kind of promiscuity because boundaries are retained and rigorously marked out. The antecedent forms, and the deep structures of “the archaic,” are brought together in an unbroken continuum opening on to modernity. People can dance their way through the rebirths of a great transition, bringing the whole person to bear rather than a split-off segment of the rational self. People are moved as they move, inner drama matching outer. The past is carried forward even as a line is drawn under it. That is why some acute observers mistake it for a recrudescence of popular religiosity – a significant misidentification all the same because antithetical to the charge of being an imported package.
(Martin, David. Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish, 2002:6-7)




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