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The Embattled Community: Cosmology And Related Practices

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"Worldview" is a concept that covers many aspects of culture, generally the ideational aspects, ranging from beliefs, values, attitudes and suppositions about the nature of the universe, including space and time, and the nature and relationship of human beings to the universe. In this chapter the author limits his study to cosmology, i.e. to an investigation into the people's perceptions of cosmic forces and how they orientate their lives to these cosmological forces and beings. The chapter presents a generalised reconstruction of the popular worldview, the cultural substrata from which the Pentecostal believers tend to come. It then provides the results gained from the church survey including a section of statistics. The chapter also presents a 'thick description' of the cosmology held by the Pentecostals. It shows how some Pentecostal practices follow on directly from the cosmology. Finally the chapter deals briefly with how this cosmology is incorporated.

Keywords: church survey; cosmology; Pentecostal believers; Pentecostal practices; worldview



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