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Bearing Witness

Milmon F. Harrison

in Righteous Riches

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195153132
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195153138.003.0003
 Bearing Witness

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This chapter presents the stories of three people that highlight and express some of the dominant themes to emerge in talking to people about so personal and intimate a topic as their faith. These include the stories of “Cassandra”, an African American woman in her mid-30s who worked as a social worker at the Sacramento County Child Protective Services; “Russell,” a married Baby Boomer who was raised in a Jewish household but has been with the Word of Faith Movement since its early days in the late 1970s; and “Katia”, a single, 25-year-old immigrant from Ukraine. Their accounts of their personal experiences and insights demonstrate that the understanding and meaning of religion as it is lived in everyday contexts can be quite nuanced and complicated, and often fraught with difficulty. Their stories help bring abstract points of doctrine into the realm of the concrete and the real.

Keywords: faith; Word of Faith Movement; church; religious teachings; charismatic Christianity; charismatic movements

Chapter.  13606 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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