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Aliens and Strangers?The Struggle for Coherence in the Everyday Lives of Evangelicals$
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Anna Strhan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198724469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724469.001.0001

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Speaking Subjects

Speaking Subjects

Difference, Indifference, and Moral Fragmentation

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Aliens and Strangers?

Anna Strhan

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines how ideals for evangelistic speaking are promoted at St John’s. It shows how the church leaders aim to encourage a habitus through which the congregants feel compassion for and a sense of distinction from others around them in the city, and develop the desire to speak ‘publicly’ about their faith in the workplace and in other social spaces. The chapter then describes how individuals often struggle with this, revealing how their subjectivities are formed through the complex interaction of behavioural norms associated with different social spaces they inhabit. As they become conscious of tensions in their logics of practice shaped through their simultaneous inhabiting of differentiated social spaces suffused with differing moral norms, they narrate their subjective fragmentation according to biblical narratives of guilt and sin. This enables them to draw these fragments together into an overall pattern of meaning that shapes their sense of self.

Keywords:   evangelism, speaking, fragmentation, guilt, sin, shame

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