Every Time I Feel the Spirit: Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American Church by Timothy NelsonEvery Time I Feel the Spirit: Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American Church by Timothy Nelson

Every Time I Feel the Spirit: Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American Church

byTimothy Nelson

Paperback | December 5, 2004

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Dreams and visions, prophetic words from God about "dusty souls," speaking in tongues while "in the spirit"—narratives of these and similar events comprise the heart of Every Time I Feel the Spirit. This in-depth study of a Black congregation in Charleston, South Carolina provides a window into the tremendously important yet still largely overlooked world of African American religion as the faith is lived by ordinary believers.

For decades, scholars have been preoccupied with the relation between Black Christianity, civil rights, and social activism. Every Time I Feel the Spirit is about black religion as religion. It focuses on the everyday experience of religion in the church, congregants' relationships with God, and the role that God and Satan play in congregants' lives—not only as objects of belief but as actual agents. It explores the concepts of religious experience and religious ritual, while emphasizing the attributions that people make to the operation of spiritual forces and beings in their lives.

Through interviews and field work, Nelson uncovers what religious people themselves see as important about their faith while extending and refining sociological understandings of religious ritual and religious experience.

Title:Every Time I Feel the Spirit: Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American ChurchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:December 5, 2004Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814758207

ISBN - 13:9780814758205

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"A very welcome book, not just for what we learn about one African American congregation, but for its reminder of what it means to see the world with religious eyes. Nelson's guided tour of a Charleston, South Carolina, pentecostal AME church is both enlightening and elegantly written. This book will shift the terms of debate about the role of ritual and experience in American religious life." -Jim Spickard,University of Redlands