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The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism$
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Simon Coleman and Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772591

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772591.001.0001

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Mediating Miracle Truth

Mediating Miracle Truth

Permanent Struggle and Fragile Conviction in Kyrgyzstan

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(p.177) 9 Mediating Miracle Truth
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The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism
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Mathijs Pelkmans

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814772591.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the academically neglected area of miracles and their sustainability, not just because they characterize the effervescent qualities of Pentecostal conviction, but also because they illustrate its fragility. Using the research done on Kyrgyzstan's largest Pentecostal church, the Church of Jesus Christ, this chapter identifies the attractiveness of the Pentecostal message to those struggling with the vagaries of life in a former Soviet state. Miracles are central to this process, circulating through sermons and informal settings and allowing congregants to actively engage with questions of divine intervention and life transformation. However, they need to gain social and semiotic recognition as miracles first. Furthermore, the truth of miracles runs the risk of failure in those contexts where the miraculous is needed the most.

Keywords:   miracles, Kyrgyzstan, Pentecostal conviction, Church of Jesus Christ, divine intervention, life transformation, charismatic action, doubt, disaffection

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