This study examines how Pentecostalism has managed to achieve such ascendancy in a former British colony among people of predominantly African descent. This book argues that it has flourished because it successfully mediates between two historically central, yet often oppositional themes in Jamaican religious life: the characteristic African striving for personal freedom and happiness, and the Protestant struggle for atonement and salvation through rigorous ethical piety. The author of this work considers that, with its emphasis on the individual experience of grace and on the ritual efficacy of spiritual healing, and with its vibrantly expressive worship, Jamaican Pentecostalism has become a compelling vehicle for the negotiation of such fundamental issues as gender, sexuality, race and class. She intends the book to address all those concerned, not simply with Caribbean studies, but with the ongoing transformation of religion and culture.
List of Illustrations Foreword Raymond T. Smith Preface Introduction 1: Cast into a Tumultuous World 2: A Certain Moral Inheritance 3: Revival and the Healing of Sin 4: Hierarchy and Revival Culture: Precursors to Pentecostalism 5: Preachers and Pentecostalism 6: A Modern Pentecostalism: Ritual Resolutions and Gender Divides 7: Pentecostal Experience and Embodied Rite 8: Exhorting the Saints 9: Hierarchy, Healing, and the Birth of Brides Conclusion App. I: Table 1. Population by Religious Affiliation, by Sex, All Jamaica App: Table 2. Adherents for Selected Faiths App. II: The Pauline Injunctions to Feminine Submission Notes Bibliography Index