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Being-In-Christ and Putting Death in Its Place: An Anthropologist's Account of Christian Performance in Spanish America and the American South

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In this bracingly original anthropological study, Miles Richardson uses forty years of empirical research to examine the ways Christians address the uniquely human question of death. Rooted in the author's personal story of why he became an anthropologist, the book illuminates how two groups, Catholics in Spanish America and Baptists in the American South, create "being-in-Christ" and thereby "put death in its place." Richardson's striking scholarly thrust joins four-field anthropology (biological, cultural, archaeological, and linguistic) and a rigorous evolutionary framework to a postmodern dialogic, reflexive stance. His lively immediate method draws us into a creative dialogue with his text and into solidarity with the worshipers inside two distinctly rendered composite settings: the dark "Nueva Esperanza" iglesia, where Christ dwells in sight, touch, and taste: and the brightly lit "Mt. Hope" church, where the Lord is experienced in the Word of sermon and song. We journey across the Spanish American landscape to holy places where the immanent Christ works miracles and Good Friday signifies his sacrificial suffering, while in the American South pilgrimages lead to antebellum homes, and at sunrise on Easter Sunday, the choir sings of glorious resurrection and death finds its place in the salvation message of a risen Christ. General readers, anthropologists, and students of Latin American and southern culture will be enthralled by Richardson's combination of hard-won ethnographic detail and moving religious insight that speaks to the question of what to do about death within the construct of human evolution.

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Joan Hunt, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by Joan Hunt)
Dr. Richardson examines the varied ways that South American Catholics and (U.S.)Southern Baptists approach the question of death and does so with academic rigor, unflinching honesty, true humanity, and refreshing humor.
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ISBN:
9780807132043
Author:
Richardson, Miles
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
414
Dimensions:
8.76x6.04x1.25 in. 1.35 lbs.

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History and Social Science » World History » General
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