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Critical Christianity: Translation and Denominational Conflict in Papua New Guinea

Courtney Handman


In Critical Christianity, Courtney Handman analyzes the complex and conflicting forms of sociality that Guhu-Samane Christians of rural Papua New Guinea privilege and celebrate as “the body of Christ.” Within Guhu-Samane churches, processes of denominational schism—long relegated to the secular study of politics or identity—are moments of critique through which Christians constitute themselves and their social worlds. Far from being a practice of individualism, Protestantism offers local people ways to make social groups into sacred units of critique. Bible translation, produced by members of ... More

Keywords: religion, Christianity, Bible translation, denominationalism, schism, sociality, linguistic anthropology, Papua New Guinea, mediation, culture critique

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283756
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283756.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Courtney Handman, author
University of Texas at Austin