Diagnosis, Reconnaissance, and Fabrication

Richard Werbner

in Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268531
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949461 | DOI:
Diagnosis, Reconnaissance, and Fabrication

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Diagnosis drives the movement in prayer onward. At a major service, prophets start to diagnose only after the congregation has warmed up, clapping and singing with great enthusiasm—their work throughout the diagnosis is to bring the angels nearer through the attractive, joyful vibrance of congregational music. During a diagnosis in church, the prophet often shouts, drowned out or interrupted by the joyful singing and vibrant clapping of the congregation. Even so, in some moments, the congregation sees or hears most, perhaps all, of a diagnosis, and a hush often comes when a prophet cries out a vision important for the whole church. Inspiration by the Holy Spirit also licenses the prophets, in moments of diagnosis, to tell patients' fragmentary, often shocking life stories. “Story” is, indeed, the very English word Prophet Joshua uses for his narration.

Keywords: diagnosis; movement; prayer; prophets; congregation; church; Holy Spirit; story; Joshua

Chapter.  14559 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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