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Practising the Space Between: Embodying Belief as an Evangelical Anglican Student

Strhan, Anna (2013) Practising the Space Between: Embodying Belief as an Evangelical Anglican Student. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 28 (2). pp. 225-239. ISSN 1353-7903. (doi:10.1080/13537903.2013.783336)

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Abstract

This article explores the formation of British evangelical university students as believers. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted with a conservative evangelical Anglican congregation in London, I describe how students in this church come to embody a highly cognitive, word-based mode of belief through particular material practices. As they learn to identify themselves as believers, practices of reflexivity and accountability enable them to develop a sense of narrative coherence in their lives that allows them to negotiate tensions that arise from their participation in church and broader social structures. I demonstrate that propositional belief – in contexts where it becomes an identity marker – is bound up with relational practices of belief, such that distinctions between “belief in” and “belief that” are necessarily blurred in the lives of young evangelicals.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13537903.2013.783336
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: N. Isaeva
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 21:35 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42623 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Strhan, Anna: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0875-1197
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