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Author Fernandez R., Enrique
Title Continuity and discontinuity in ritual experience: An inquiry into the ritual practices of Protestant believers in Guatemala City
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Descript 239 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-02, Section: A, page: 0583
Director: Robert Priest
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2004
Recent studies suggest that Latin America may become a Christian continent in the twenty-first century. The Protestant Church in Brazil and Chile, for example, has been experiencing significant growth in the last few decades. A research conducted in Guatemala at the end of 2001 reported that Protestant churches in this nation are now the spiritual home of more than 25% of the country's population
Several theories have been advanced to explain the reasons for and the factors involved in the growth of the Church in this continent, focusing primarily on sociopolitical or doctrinal aspects. The study presented in this dissertation followed theories of cultural anthropology to analyze the growth of the Church in Guatemala
To narrow the study, this dissertation focused on rituals and researched the worship service of two churches in Guatemala City to analyze in what ways and to what extent the continuity or discontinuity with ritual paradigms before and after conversion is a determinant factor in the growth patterns of these churches. To explore the similarities and dissimilarities of the different worship orientations, the study was conducted in a Pentecostal and a non-Pentecostal church
The theoretical framework for this study was provided by studies in Performance Theory, as presented by Samuel J. Tambiah, and complementary works by Victor W. Turner and Daniel Albrecht
School code: 0641
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 65-02A
Subject Anthropology, Cultural
Religion, General
Alt Author Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
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