Death in a Church of Life : Moral Passion during Botswana's Time of AIDS Paperback / softback
Part of the The Anthropology of Christianity series
This deeply insightful ethnography explores the healing power of caring and intimacy in a small, closely bonded Apostolic congregation during Botswana's HIV/AIDS pandemic. "Death in a Church of Life" paints a vivid picture of how members of the Baitshepi Church make strenuous efforts to sustain loving relationships amid widespread illness and death.
Over the course of long-term fieldwork, Frederick Klaits discovered Baitshepi's distinctly maternal ethos and the 'spiritual' kinship embodied in the church's nurturing fellowship practice.
Klaits shows that for Baitshepi members, Christian faith is a form of moral passion that counters practices of divination and witchcraft with redemptive hymn singing, prayer, and the use of therapeutic substances.
An online audio annex makes available the examples of the church members' preachings and songs.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 368 pages, 4 line illustrations, 2 maps
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Publication Date: 05/02/2010
- Category: Christian social thought & activity
- ISBN: 9780520259669
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