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By Martin Radermacher

This ebook examines evangelical weight-reduction plan and health courses and gives a scientific strategy of this varied box with its big variety of courses. while evangelical Christians have interaction in health and eating regimen periods with the intention to “glorify God,” they typically face skepticism. This booklet techniques devotional health tradition in North the United States from a spiritual reviews standpoint, outlining the fundamental constructions, principles, and practices of the sector. beginning with the old backgrounds of this present, the ebook ways either perform and beliefs, highlighting how devotional health courses construe their id within the face of assorted competing bargains in spiritual and non-religious sectors of society. The booklet indicates a nuanced and intricate knowing of the connection among activities and faith, past ‘simple’ practical equivalency. It offers insights into the formation of secular and spiritual physique beliefs and how those physique beliefs are sacralized within the body of an evangelical worldview.

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While semiotics looks at the symbolic construction of social reality via verbal and non-verbal communication, somatics focuses on the role of the body and bodily perception in this same process. They are thus complementary perspectives which do not exclude but fruitfully complement each other. In the third part of this chapter, I outline how I collected and analyzed data in this project. 1 Goal and Basic Concepts This chapter introduces the goal of this study and briefly outlines the contents of the following chapters.

1 Goal and Basic Concepts 35 critical remarks (Bringle, Isherwood, Lelwica), even to the point of sketching new, supposedly ‘better,’ ideologies of the body. I have taken these issues into consideration but shift my analytic focus on the interplay of the overarching discourse and the embodied realities of this discourse. Moreover, this research focuses on the contemporary field. Although the book includes a historical part, this is not the area where I work with new source material. Griffith and Schrettle have, from different perspectives, already covered the historic dimensions extensively.

2011. The Rise and Fall of the Pentecostals: The Role and Significance of the Body in Pentecostal Spirituality. In Religion and the Body, ed. Tore Ahlbäck, 381–399. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis 23. Åbo: Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History. Smith, Christian, and Michael Emerson. 1998. American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Steinert, Heinz. 2010. Max Webers unwiderlegbare Fehlkonstruktionen: Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus.

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