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God speaking to God: Translation and unintelligibility at a Fijian Pentecostal crusade

Tomlinson, Matthew

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In December 2008, a team of American Pentecostals visited Fiji and conducted 'crusades' in a public park. In this article, I show how a sermon and altar call at one of the performances modelled for listeners a particular quality of the believer's relation to the otherness of God, figured via linguistic otherness. The American preacher and his Fijian translator approached the event as a teaching opportunity. They explained to audience members how to pray for repentance and how to speak in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTomlinson, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:19:47Z
dc.identifier.issn1757-6547
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/71995
dc.description.abstractIn December 2008, a team of American Pentecostals visited Fiji and conducted 'crusades' in a public park. In this article, I show how a sermon and altar call at one of the performances modelled for listeners a particular quality of the believer's relation to the otherness of God, figured via linguistic otherness. The American preacher and his Fijian translator approached the event as a teaching opportunity. They explained to audience members how to pray for repentance and how to speak in tongues (glossolalia) and stated that when a person spoke in tongues, this was really the Holy Ghost 'praying through' a person. In glossolalia, the words are supposed to be semantically unintelligible, pointing to the otherworldly, even miraculous, fact of their utterance; but pragmatically, their utterance is supposed to manifest the Holy Ghost's presence in the speaker, and this presence is held to be the meaning that matters.
dc.publisherAustralian Anthropological Society Inc
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Anthropology
dc.subjectKeywords: Christianity; Fiji; Glossolalia
dc.titleGod speaking to God: Translation and unintelligibility at a Fijian Pentecostal crusade
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume23
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB2995
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTomlinson, Matthew, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage274
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage289
local.identifier.doi10.1111/taja.12001
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:04:42Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84871567038
local.identifier.thomsonID000314511600002
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