Becoming Saints

Deidre Helen Crumbley

in Saved and Sanctified

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039848
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043791 | DOI:
Becoming Saints

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This chapter examines beliefs and practices of The Church faith community and, after immersing the reader in a worship experience, explores four elements of “getting saved”: law, holiness, scripture, and spirit. Law is explored in terms of compliance with selected Levitical laws, especially Sabbath-keeping. Holiness is discussed in terms of boundaries between The Church and The World, and this section also reflects on the author's childhood experience of being “saved” in 1950s Cold War America. Scripture is explored as both vehicle of revelation and focus of communal intellectual life; being “filled with the Holy Ghost” as an outcome of “pressing through.” The ritual and symbolic content of The Church is then situated within contexts of African Diaspora religion, with special attention to Diane Stewart's examination of Afrophobia.

Keywords: “Getting saved”; African Diaspora religion; Levitical laws; Pressing through; Holiness; Diane Stewart; Afrophobia; Childhood

Chapter.  13363 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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