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Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing$
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Candy Gunther Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393408.001.0001

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Why Health and Wealth? Dimensions of Prosperity among Swedish Charismatics

Why Health and Wealth? Dimensions of Prosperity among Swedish Charismatics

(p.47) 2 Why Health and Wealth? Dimensions of Prosperity among Swedish Charismatics
Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Simon Coleman

Oxford University Press

Focusing on the Word of Life, founded by Ulf Ekman in Uppsala, Sweden, this chapter explores tensions and affinities between health-and-wealth aspects of the Prosperity Gospel. Both health and wealth activate forms of materiality that challenge ascetic ideals and ritually constitute Charismatic personhood through transactions and mediations. Charismatic subjects are formed not only as individuals, but also—as “dividuals”—out of engagement with others through material exchanges, on local and global levels. Physical and financial entrepreneurship act as ritual complements, permitting reflection and action in relation both to the intimate self and to a wider, unbounded world. Materiality is in motion or contributes to motion; it does not accumulate for the sake of accumulation; it is both index and means of spiritual progress. People themselves form the most valued mediators of spiritual power, through touch and other semiotic forms, such as spoken words, books, or television images.

Keywords:   Sweden, Word of Life, Ulf Ekman, health-and-wealth, Prosperity Gospel, Charismatic, personhood, materiality, individuals, ascetic

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