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Demanding Deities and Reluctant Devotees

Belief and Unbelief in the Trinidadian Orisa Movement

Stephen D. Glazier

Belief and unbelief are major categories of Western thought. Some Trinidadians do not subscribe to the power of the Orisa, while many more (Spiritual Baptists, Pentecostals, and Protestant Fundamentalists) 'recognize' and 'acknowledge' the Orisa yet do not 'believe' that Orisa should be worshipped. By contrast, few Orisa devotees question the ontological and epistemological status of Orisa, who are part of their daily lives and play a central role in family interactions. By serving a particular Orisa, devotees delineate their own positions within the movement as well as their positions relative to others outside the movement. Serving the Orisa can be draining, and parents attempt to postpone initiation for as long as possible. This often engenders much interpersonal and religious conflict.

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Godless People, Doubt, and Atheism

Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

In the introduction to this special issue, we set the agenda for researching the aspirations and practices of godless people who seek to thin out religion in their daily lives. We reflect on why processes of disengagement from religion have not been adequately researched in anthropology. Locating this issue's articles in the anthropological literature on doubt and atheism, we argue for the importance of a comparative investigation to analyze people's reluctance to pursue religion.

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Response to ‘The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable’

Anna Sapir Abulafia

tree. This did not mean that God’s covenant with the Jews had been revoked; for there was room for Jews when they repented and converted to Christ. As Paul wrote: And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for

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Sartre and the Death of God

John H. Gillespie

He concentrates on the historical effects of the French bourgeoisie’s unbelief, describing the withdrawal symptoms caused by the Death of God, specifically for nineteenth-century poetry, before studying Mallarmé in detail. 27 In doing so, Sartre

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Cruel Atheism

Alexis Chabot

Translator : Ârash Aminian Tabrizi

instant, chrétiens dans l’imaginaire, nous marchons. 16 [Flaubert is writing to the Christian West. And we are all still Christians today; the most radical unbelief is Christian atheism, an atheism that despite its destructive power preserves guiding

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Faith in Anthropology

A Symposium on Timothy Larsen’s The Slain God

Brian Howell, J. Derrick Lemons, Jon Bialecki, James Bielo, Tanya Luhrmann, and Timothy Larsen

understanding sometimes starts crowding out one of sneering disdain, whatever the personal religious beliefs or unbelief of the anthropologist might be. Luhrmann, whose own When God Talks Back so admirably models such sympathy and respect, observes that the

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Terrorism and Culture

9/11, Macbeth and the Gunpowder Plot

Graham Holderness

/11 hijackers were instructed. 27 ‘Fight them until there is no more Fitnah [unbelief]’, says the Qur'an: ‘and the worship will all be for Allah (alone in the whole of the world)’ (8.39). The Gunpowder Plot was obviously seen as an averted apocalypse from which

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Prayer as a History

Of Witnesses, Martyrs, and Plural Pasts in Post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina

David Henig

of Vital Exchange in Central Bosnian Highlands .” Manuscript in preparation . Henkel , Heiko. 2005 . “ ‘Between Belief and Unbelief Lies the Performance of Salât ’: Meaning and Efficacy of a Muslim Ritual. ” Journal of the Royal Anthropological

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Rematerializing Martyrs and the Missing Soldiers of the Iran-Iraq War

Sana Chavoshian

's surface and stunned by the “unbelief” of the authorities, she said: “The guides were setting fire on the stone to confirm its sham in the eyes of the venerators. They were watching overnight to find the person who covers its surface with perfumed oil. They

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Representation of Innovation in Seventeenth-Century England

A View from Natural Philosophy

Benoît Godin

faith and religion: “exaltation of the glory of God” and “help and preservative against unbelief and error”). 65 Many other texts from Bacon also make use of innovation, in the context of religion and politics. For example, Bacon reminds his readers of