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Diagram for FireMiracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement$
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Jon Bialecki

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294202

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294202.001.0001

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date: 13 December 2017

Conclusion

Conclusion

On the Problem of Religion and on Religion as a Problem

Chapter:
(p.198) Conclusion
Source:
Diagram for Fire
Author(s):

Jon Bialecki

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294202.003.0009

After recapitulating the arguments of the book, the conclusion asks what in what way this book’s claims might be salient for a larger anthropological discussion of religion? It argues that religion’s unfixed and open nature, the very traits that have caused some to question whether religion is an intelligible comparative category, is actually what informs religion as a meaningful category. It argues that the absent nature of the more than human beings and forces that stand at religion’s heart allows it to take up a plurality of different forms of materiality, and that this wealth of different materialities allows religion to operate in effect as a fly-wheel for other social-cultural processes and assemblages, accelerating, decelerating, or mutating other processes to an unmatched degree.

Keywords:   Religion, Definition of religion, Nominalism, Religion and change, Religion and temporality, Religion and materiality

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