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By Webb Keane

Throughout a lot of the postcolonial international, Christianity has frequently develop into inseparable from principles and practices linking the idea that of modernity to that of human emancipation. To discover those hyperlinks, Webb Keane undertakes a wealthy ethnographic examine of the century-long come across, from the colonial Dutch East Indies to post-independence Indonesia, between Calvinist missionaries, their converts, and those that face up to conversion. Keane's research in their struggles over things like prayers, choices, and the price of cash demanding situations prevalent notions approximately business enterprise. via its exploration of language, materiality, and morality, this ebook illuminates quite a lot of debates in social and cultural idea. It demonstrates the an important position of Christianity in semiotic ideologies of modernity and sheds new gentle at the value of faith in colonial and postcolonial histories.

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For societies differ as to whether agency tends to be understood as, say, amoral willfulness or moral liberation, whether spirits, statues, stones, songs, or texts, classes, masses, nations, or only individuals, can be agents or not. As I argue in subsequent chapters, an important part of the work of purification that links Protestantism to the idea of modernity is concerned with agency. One of the chief aims of the work of purification, as undertaken by Protestant missionaries, is to establish the proper locus of agency in the world by sorting out correct from mistaken imputations of agency.

Beliefs, Words, and Selves Hard Texts are Nuts (l will not call them Cheaters) Whose Shells do keep their Kirnels from the Eaters. Ope then the Shells, and you shall have the Meat, They here are brought, for you to crack and eat. JOHN BUNYAN, The Pilgrim's Progress, part 2 I Concepts such as agency are rarely made explicit, but rather are presupposed by the ways people act and evaluate the actions of others. These presuppositions are not just a matter of private thought but are embedded in the public forms that actions take.

990). 996: 6-7). But we may hear echoes of something else in this word, something at ~mce more common and more specific. 989: 64). 970: "The cause of ecumenism has received no setback. " As these definitions suggest, ecumene does not refer simply to a positive fact, an objective matter of scale. Rather, the word suggests that, when it came to naming the global as a unity, until recently a capacity to imagine totality was often inseparable from the expansive community, and perhaps the embracing ontology, of a given universalizing religion.

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