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Addicted to ChristRemaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries$
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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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Family Values

Family Values

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(p.134) 6 Family Values
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Addicted to Christ
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Helena Hansen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520298033.003.0007

This chapter discusses how the long-term success of converts required reworking relationships with preconversion families and lives. Pentecostal rupture with the unconverted world in practice was not ever complete. Converts' success hinged on the uncertain prospect of exchanging spiritual capital gained in the ministry for the local currency of their fragile families. Ironically, those converts who had more resources before conversion were often those who could best capitalize on their new Christian relationships, their identities and authority both inside and outside of the ministries. Thus, the radical egalitarianism of each saved soul's worth was continually undercut by differential access in the present material world.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, Pentecostals, religious converts, families, Pentecostal rupture, egalitarianism

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