Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames

A Sociological Study of New Christian Movements in Contemporary Goa

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ISBN:

9780190120696

Publication date:

05/01/2020

Hardback

292 pages

216.0x140.0mm

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ISBN:

9780190120696

Publication date:

05/01/2020

Hardback

292 pages

216.0x140.0mm

Savio Abreu

The book is an ethnographic study of Christian groups in contemporary Goan society that come under the umbrella of Pentecostal–Charismatic Christianity. Most studies on Pentecostalism in India are from a theological perspective. This work is an attempt to fill this gap and provide a sociological understanding of religion in a modern globalized context. It is an important contribution to the growing field of new religious movements in India.

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Savio Abreu

Description

Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity is one of the largest religious movements in the world today. It is a recent form of Christianity that emphasizes direct personal experience of God through baptism with the Holy Spirit. While the literature on Pentecostalism is constantly rising, they mostly focus on Western societies and are from a theological perspective. There is a dearth of well-researched studies that critically analyse the phenomenon of Pentecostal–Charismatic Christianity in India.

Addressing this gap, Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames focuses on groups at the periphery of the religious space in Goa, while locating them within Christianity globally. It broadens our understanding of Pentecostal–Charismatic Christianity in Goa as a rapidly expanding and overtly evangelistic movement within a pluralist, non-Christian society. Abreu assesses the impact of religion on society, analysing how the symbols, beliefs, rituals, and organizational structure of the neo-Pentecostal sects and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal influence religious identities, world views, and the everyday life activities of individual adherents. This the author does by drawing on extensive fieldwork, concepts, analyses, and interpretations provided by scholars of religion in sociology, anthropology, history, as well as theology.

About the Author

Savio Abreu, a Catholic priest belonging to the Society of Jesus, teaches sociology and anthropology at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India.

Savio Abreu

Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures

List of Abbreviations

Foreword

Acknowledgements

  1. Entry of New Christian Movements in Goa
  2. The Pentecostal–Charismatic Movement in Goa Today: People, Organization, and Membership
  3. The New Testament Church and the Emergence of Religious Identities
  4. A Semiotic Exploration of the World of Charismatic Christianity
  5. Charismatic Life-Cycle Rituals and a Life Plan
  6. Power, Inequality, and Terrains of Conflict
  7. Tying Loose Ends: Concluding Remarks

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Savio Abreu

Savio Abreu

Savio Abreu

Description

Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity is one of the largest religious movements in the world today. It is a recent form of Christianity that emphasizes direct personal experience of God through baptism with the Holy Spirit. While the literature on Pentecostalism is constantly rising, they mostly focus on Western societies and are from a theological perspective. There is a dearth of well-researched studies that critically analyse the phenomenon of Pentecostal–Charismatic Christianity in India.

Addressing this gap, Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames focuses on groups at the periphery of the religious space in Goa, while locating them within Christianity globally. It broadens our understanding of Pentecostal–Charismatic Christianity in Goa as a rapidly expanding and overtly evangelistic movement within a pluralist, non-Christian society. Abreu assesses the impact of religion on society, analysing how the symbols, beliefs, rituals, and organizational structure of the neo-Pentecostal sects and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal influence religious identities, world views, and the everyday life activities of individual adherents. This the author does by drawing on extensive fieldwork, concepts, analyses, and interpretations provided by scholars of religion in sociology, anthropology, history, as well as theology.

About the Author

Savio Abreu, a Catholic priest belonging to the Society of Jesus, teaches sociology and anthropology at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India.

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Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures

List of Abbreviations

Foreword

Acknowledgements

  1. Entry of New Christian Movements in Goa
  2. The Pentecostal–Charismatic Movement in Goa Today: People, Organization, and Membership
  3. The New Testament Church and the Emergence of Religious Identities
  4. A Semiotic Exploration of the World of Charismatic Christianity
  5. Charismatic Life-Cycle Rituals and a Life Plan
  6. Power, Inequality, and Terrains of Conflict
  7. Tying Loose Ends: Concluding Remarks

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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