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Becoming Evangelical in Rural Costa Rica: A Study of Religious Conversion and Evangelical Faith and Practice

Epp, Jared M.H. ;Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa; Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa

Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa 2014

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  • Title:
    Becoming Evangelical in Rural Costa Rica: A Study of Religious Conversion and Evangelical Faith and Practice
  • Author/Creator: Epp, Jared M.H.
  • Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa; Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
  • Publisher: Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
  • Creation Date: 2014
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Pentecostalism ; Religious Conversion ; Latin America ; Religious Experience ; Evangelical Christianity ; Anthropology Of Religion
  • Description: Almost daily emotional worship pours from a warehouse-sized evangelical church in the small rural community of Santa Cruz, Costa Rica. Within twenty years an evangelical presence has gone from virtually non-existent to standing alongside the Catholic Church in the area’s religious landscape. Scenarios like this are going on throughout Latin America as evangelical faith has become firmly rooted in the region. In this thesis I provide another ethnographic research context to the growing body of literature focused on Pentecostalism/evangelicalism in Latin America. Like others addressing this dynamic, I explore the factors and motivations that lead people to become evangelical. I approach these questions with particular emphasis on the characteristics of evangelical faith as it is constructed and practiced during church services. Through participant observation during church services and interviews with practicing evangelicals in and around Santa Cruz, I highlight the relationship between the characteristics of an evangelical faith and the factors and motivations that lead people to seek it. To be religiously active in the manner of my informants requires deep commitment and is not a faith adopted and practiced lightly. Those who become evangelical and sustain the demanding practice are likely to seek it for spiritual solutions to difficult...
  • Target Audience: en
  • Identifier: DOI: 10.20381/ruor-3664