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Helena Hansen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520298033

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520298033.001.0001

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The Cosmology of Conversion

The Cosmology of Conversion

(p.25) 1 The Cosmology of Conversion
Addicted to Christ

Helena Hansen

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Pentecostal cosmology, which holds that power is located not in people, but in spirits. In this cosmos, freedom is not human autonomy but liberation from evil spirits, enabling individuals to submit their will to the Holy Spirit. Converts weave a new web of relations with spirits that disrupt their over-determined relations with people and with drugs. Holy Spirit possession, for instance, channels supernatural forces through discarded addicts, disrupting not only the intrapersonal, but also the social, order. Pentecostal converts disrupt routines through sleep deprivation, fasting, prayer, and drone-like incantation. They induce a state in which mental activity becomes less structured, and the normal rules of hierarchy, class, and causality cease to apply.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, Pentecostals, cosmology, cosmos, freedom, evil spirits, Holy Spirit

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