“Can You Hear the Army?” Exploring Evangelical Discourse in Scottish Youth Prayer Meetings.

Campbell, Heidi and Lynch, Gordon and Ward, Pete (2009) “Can You Hear the Army?” Exploring Evangelical Discourse in Scottish Youth Prayer Meetings. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 24 (2). pp. 219-236. ISSN 1353-7903. E-ISSN 1469-9419. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13537900902816699) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article explores how public prayer events can serve as a space for evangelical youth to perform and construct a public discourse related to their personal and corporate faith. Claims are based on a detailed content analysis of 14 youth-led prayer meetings held across Scotland over a two-year period. This study uncovers some dominant themes related to how evangelical youth create and present their religious identity in order to create community ownership in certain beliefs and understandings. Analysing transcripts from the meetings demonstrates that public prayer is not just an act of devotion, but a tool for evangelical identity construction. It is argued that the prayer meetings function as cultural spaces in which young people negotiate the challenges of maintaining a sense of connection to a longer tradition of theological discourses, while also making innovative use of these discourses to construct meaning and identity in relation to their social and geographical context.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: N. Isaeva
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 10:28 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 13:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42394 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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