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To Be in the World But Not of It: American Evangelicals and the Dilemmas of Being Christian in a Secular World

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dc.contributor.author Bere, Anja
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-01T12:19:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-01T12:19:09Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06-22
dc.date.submitted 2009-06-22 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/3622
dc.description.abstract In this thesis I explore how evangelical Christians in two different churches in the US relate to the society they live in, which they regard as secular. I will give insight to their narratives on how they see their lives changed after converting to Christianity and also how they think that a Christian shall live in order to glorify God. The church as a collective has great impact on my informants' personal faith and how they approach the world outside of the church. I argue that their goal of being true believers" is a life-long project and that this transformation is not completed in this mortal life", which thereby places them in a constant liminal situation. By identifying as Christians in the US and trying to be in the world but not of it", they are moving across a border of the profane and the sacred; between the World and the Church which creates dilemmas and a tension that needs to be dealt with. In this thesis I identify mechanisms of dealing with this tension which keep themselves in the faith and therefore also within liminality. I also give a broader perspective on the evangelical spectrum in the US by bringing in a third church and thereby contrasting the churches within this spectrum. This third church has been infamous in the history of evangelicals, especially for their role in the so-called culture-war". The positioning within the evangelical spectrum is resulting from the different approaches the churches have to the secular and non-Christian discourses in the society they live in. I discuss their idea of a fallen culture" and if there is boundary that my informants maintain between themselves and non-Christians. The churches' different approaches to culture also affect how the churches try to make the world morally better, by using evangelism or politics as a tool. en
dc.format.extent 1340298 bytes en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher The University of Bergen en
dc.rights Copyright the author. All rights reserved en
dc.subject Christianity en
dc.subject The self en
dc.subject Culture en
dc.subject USA en
dc.subject Liminality en
dc.subject Boundaries en
dc.title To Be in the World But Not of It: American Evangelicals and the Dilemmas of Being Christian in a Secular World no
dc.type Master thesis
dc.type.degree Master i Sosialantropologi no
dc.type.course SANT350 en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Sosialantropologi: 250 no
dc.rightsHolder The author en
dc.subject.archivecode Mastergrad
dc.subject.nus 738106
dc.type.program MASV-SANT en


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