Practising the Space Between: Embodying Belief as an Evangelical Anglican Student

Article English OPEN
Strhan, Anna (2013)

This article explores the formation of British evangelical university students as believers. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted with a conservative evangelical Anglican congregation in London, I describe how students in this church come to embody a highly cognitive, word-based mode of belief through particular material practices. As they learn to identify themselves as believers, practices of reflexivity and accountability enable them to develop a sense of narrative coherence in their lives that allows them to negotiate tensions that arise from their participation in church and broader social structures. I demonstrate that propositional belief – in contexts where it becomes an identity marker – is bound up with relational practices of belief, such that distinctions between “belief in” and “belief that” are necessarily blurred in the lives of young evangelicals.
  • References (27)
    27 references, page 1 of 3

    Asad, Talal. Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins UP, 1993.

    Bebbington, David. Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s. London: Routledge, 1989.

    Bialecki, Jon. ÒNo Caller ID for the Soul: Demonization, Charisms and the Unstable Subject of Protestant Language Ideology.Ó Anthropological Quarterly 84 (2011): 679Ð704.

    Bielo, James. Emerging Evangelicals: Faith, Modernity and the Desire for Authenticity. New York: New York UP, 2011.

    Collins Mayo, Sylvia. ÒIntroduction.Ó Eds. Sylvia Collins-Mayo, and Pink Dandelion. Religion and Youth. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2010. 1Ð8.

    Coleman, Simon. The Globalisation of Charismatic Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000.

    ÐÐÐ. ÒMaterializing the Self: Words and Gifts in the Construction of Charismatic Protestant Identity.Ó Ed. Fennella Cannell. The Anthropology of Christianity. Durham: Duke UP, 2006.

    de Certeau, Michel. ÒWhat We Do When We Believe.Ó Ed. Marshall Blonsky. On Signs. Oxford:Blackwell, 1985. 192Ð202.

    Derrida, Jacques. ÒFaith and Knowledge: The Two Sources of ÔReligionÕ at the Limits of Reason Alone.Ó Trans. Samuel Weber. Ed. Gil Anidjar. Jacques Derrida: Acts of Religion. London: Routledge, 2002. 40Ð101.

    Engelke, Matthew. A Problem of Presence. Berkeley, CA: U of California P, 2007.

  • Metrics
    0
    views in OpenAIRE
    0
    views in local repository
    144
    downloads in local repository

    The information is available from the following content providers:

    From Number Of Views Number Of Downloads
    Kent Academic Repository - IRUS-UK 0 144
Share - Bookmark