Metakinesis: How God Becomes Intimate in Contemporary U.S. Christianity
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 106, Issue 3, pages 518–528, September 2004
How to Cite
LUHRMANN, T. M. (2004), Metakinesis: How God Becomes Intimate in Contemporary U.S. Christianity. American Anthropologist, 106: 518–528. doi: 10.1525/aa.2004.106.3.518
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Contemporary U.S. religion is shaped by a new emphasis on bodily and trance experience. This article describes the learning process through which evangelical congregants come to use language and bodily experiences in particular ways, which I call here “metakinesis.” Through this process, congregants build remarkably intimate relationships with God.