Cultural conversions unexpected consequences of christian missionary encounters in the middle east africa and south asia religion and politics heather sharkey on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the essays in this volume study cultural conversions that arose from missionary activities in the middle east africa. Cultural conversions unexpected consequences of christian missionary encounters in the middle east africa and south asia edited by heather sharkey syracuse ny syracuse university press 2013 xiv 328 pp 3995 cloth volume 8 issue 1 derek peterson. How do religious beliefs affect politics peter mandaville the question for theologian george lindbeck religion is a kind of cultural and or linguistic framework or medium of mass popular support such as the recent upsurge in conversions to pentecostal. Introduction religious conversion cannot take place independently of the local social political structures of any given society however the process of religious conversion in local indigenous communities is mostly analysed from the point of view of the strong role of external forces such as colonialism and state formation. More importantly religion is not just a one way cultural transmission from the candidates to the rest of us part of why religious language is so entrenched in american politics is that americans demand it the political expression of religious belief or expressions of political belief couched in religious language is an american norm
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