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Transcript of Sociology 470
INTRODUCTION GOD'S HOUSE IN THE HOLY CITY WHO? Thank you for Watching :) Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American Church By: Timothy J. Nelson WHERE? Charleston, South Carolina Eastside Chapel AME Church WHY? to examine "individual members' religious experiences in their daily lives, and the collective experience of worship, with a particular emphasis on the Sunday morning service" (10) RACE RELATIONS TIME & MONEY
CONTRIBUTIONS CONSERVATIVE THEOLOGY RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE AND RITUAL Mother Evelyn Gadsden What is ritual? ATTRIBUTION THEORY "His name is Jesus. Ahh, he is a
lion. And he is a lamb. He is a lion today because he is king of the jungle. My God from Zion - when you see the lion come, he is walking in his own power. By God he roars and everybody in the jungle gets silent... But beloveds, before the children of God, he was a meek and humble lamb" (71). "DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHO GOD IS?" SALVATION "FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST" PROPHETIC WORDS DREAMS & VISIONS ON THE BATTLEFIELD SATAN GOD VS. The Stakes
Weapons & Strategies
Fighting Back WORSHIP God's Presence, The Word, & EMotion PRAISE SHOUTING "One woman in a green and white
checked dress began jumping around on both feet, like a child on a pogo stick... after about half a minute she ended up prone on the floor with a white linen cloth covering her legs" (146). "Emotional" Worship as
Collective Behavior Race, Class, and Religion "Jesus is my doctor"
"The Devil's Candy"
The Church & the Street CONCLUDING THOUGHTS The Complex Role of Experience
Encapsulation & Secularization MASSEY - human beings are
"social to the core" (4).
FISCHER - subcultures; cities
are "mosaics" "Religion is the audacious proposal that
ordinary human life is somehow imbued
with cosmic significance." - Peter Berger THE END CONNECTIONS