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Douglas J. Davies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199551538.001.0001

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Revelation, Conversion, and Spirit Power

Revelation, Conversion, and Spirit Power

(p.212) 9 Revelation, Conversion, and Spirit Power
Emotion, Identity, and Religion

Douglas J. Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which the emotional intensification of experiences drives explanations of life through the phenomena of revelation, conversion, and spirit power. It highlights the individual within the group, showing how the capacity for creative experience engenders the sense of being an ‘object’ before a powerful ‘other’. It exemplifies how classic cases of revealed texts exhibit the experience of being ‘written through’ by another power whether in the Bible, the Koran, or the Book of Mormon, and of being ‘spoken through’ as in prophetic figures or in glossolalia. It explores the process of developing an identity through forms of religious conversion, including the much-ignored idea of ‘crisis of presence’, taking up again the notion sketched in Chapter 1 of the transformation of the human drive for meaning into a sense of salvation.

Keywords:   revelation, religious conversion, spirit power, identity

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