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Transforming Post-Catholic IrelandReligious Practice in Late Modernity$
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Gladys Ganiel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.001.0001

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Jesus Centre, Dublin

Jesus Centre, Dublin

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Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland
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Gladys Ganiel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.003.0008

This chapter presents the findings from a case study of Jesus Centre, Dublin, a parish of the charismatic/Pentecostal, Nigerian-based Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). It includes a history of Jesus Centre, and explores how it has created an extra-institutional space where people’s everyday beliefs and practices are contrasted to Irish Catholicism. This is seen in how people spoke about evangelism, their interactions with other churches, and promoting healing from clerical sexual abuse scandals. It argues that Jesus Centre both complements and challenges Ireland’s traditional institutional churches because it is a space where many have experienced personal transformation, and because its increasing interactions with other church and secular groups make it poised to contribute to wider transformations. Because Jesus Centre is not caught up in the sectarianism of the island’s past, they may have unique contributions to make to reconciliation.

Keywords:   charismatic/Pentecostal Christianity, reconciliation, extra-institutional religion, evangelism, Irish Catholicism, Redeemed Christian Church of God, sectarianism, clerical sexual abuse scandals

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