Metakinesis: How God Becomes Intimate in Contemporary U.S. Christianity

  title={Metakinesis: How God Becomes Intimate in Contemporary U.S. Christianity},
  author={Tanya Marie Luhrmann},
  journal={American Anthropologist},
  • T. Luhrmann
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Philosophy
  • American Anthropologist
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. 
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