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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350094642
Number of Pages: 296
Published: 27/12/2018
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Despite the fact that Christianity is understood to be thoroughly intertwined with matter, objects, and things, Christians struggle to cope with this materiality in their daily lives. This volume argues that the ambivalent relationships many Christians have with materiality is a driving force that contributes to the way people in different Christian traditions and in different parts of the world understand and live out their religion. By placing the questions of limits and boundary-work to the fore, the volume addresses the question of exactly how Christianity takes place materially, addressing a gap in studies to date. Christianity and the Limits of Materiality presents ground-breaking research on the frameworks and contexts in relation to and within which Christian logics of materiality operate. The volume places the negotiations at the limits of materiality within the larger framework of Christian identities and politics of belonging. The chapters discuss case studies from North and South America, Europe, and Africa, and demonstrate that the limits preoccupying Christians delimit their lives but also enable many things. Ultimately, Christianity and the Limits of Materiality demonstrates that it is at the interfaces of materiality and the transcendent that Christians create and legitimise their religion.

Dr. Minna Opas (University of Turku, Finland), Anna Haapalainen (University of Turku, Finland)

Minna Opas is Collegium Research Fellow at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland. Anna Haapalainen is a doctoral candidate at the University of Turku, Finland.

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