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For Belief: embodiment and immanence in Catholicism and Mormonism

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posted on 2023-06-07, 15:32 authored by Jon MitchellJon Mitchell, Hildi J Mitchell
This article argues for belief, suggesting that the reason why anthropologists might have moved against belief is their persistent attachment to a linguistic model of religion that sees the job of the anthropologist of religion as being one of translation. In such a model, the absence of the word 'belief' signals the absence of the process. We argue for the enduring utility of belief, not as a linguistic category, but as a description of experiential processes at the heart of religion. Using examples from popular Catholicism and Mormonism, we contend that such processes are rooted in the body. Through bodily practice and performance, religion is generated as an immanent force in the world - people come to believe.

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Publication status

  • Published

Journal

Social Analysis

ISSN

0155-977X

Publisher

Berghahn Journals

Issue

1

Volume

52

Page range

79-94

Pages

16.0

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  • Anthropology Publications

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  • No

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2012-02-06

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