Journal Article

Church-Sect Dynamics and the Feast of Corpus Christi

Barbara R. Walters

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 65, issue 3, pages 285-301
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Church-Sect Dynamics and the Feast of Corpus Christi

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Close systematic analysis of interaction episodes depicted in the vita of a thirteenth-century religious virtuosa reveals the basic social elements connecting charismatic agency to a contingent structural moment in the medieval ecclesia. During the contingency phase a dynamic human network drawn from small ruling circles assumed sect-like characteristics to incorporate the special charismatic gifts of Juliana Mont-Cornillon, who provided the unifying symbol in their human quest for legitimate domination and control. The case analysis illustrates contemporary theorizing in church-sect typologies by describing the dynamic micro-processes of a religious movement and negotiations for power behind the illusory veneer of a univocal institutional church. These processes resulted in an integration of the new Feast of Corpus Christi, which simultaneously recognized, incorporated, and quarantined the pneumatic source and feminine voice of Juliana.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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