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Enacted Destiny: West African Charismatic Christians in Berlin and the Immanence of God

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Nieswand, Boris

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Abstract "The focus of this article is the concept of enacted destiny, which was identified among charismatic Christians of West African origin in Berlin. Different from more fatalistic concepts of destiny, it combines a strong notion of free agency with a strong notion of a good, almighty, and immanent God. The imaginary of enacted destiny is constituted by two components: 1. presituational religious empowerment by which charismatic Christians can reduce complexities, anxieties, and insecurities in the context of decision making; and 2. postsituational sense-making by which divine agency is ascribed to an originally ambiguous situation. Both components temporally embrace the actions of West African charismatic Christians in Berlin. Actions thereby become the means through which God becomes immanent in the everyday lives of West African charismatic Christians in Berlin and enacted destiny a category of movement toward convergence of human and divine agency." [author's abstract]
Keywords West Africa; Christianity; Christian; Berlin; Federal Republic of Germany; god; empowerment; religious group; migrant; spirituality; religiousness; well-being; Calvinism; identity; freedom of will; Protestantism; diaspora
Classification Sociology of Religion; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 33-59
Journal Journal of Religion in Africa, 40 (2010) 1
ISSN 1570-0666
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
data provider This metadata entry was indexed by the Special Subject Collection Social Sciences, USB Cologne