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In recent years, millions of people have joined churches such as the Seventh-day Adventist which prosper enormously in different parts of the world. The Road to Clarity is one of the first ethnographic in-depth studies of this phenomenon. It is a vivid account based on almost two years of participation in ordinary church members' daily religious and non-religious lives. The book offers a fascinating inquiry into the nature of long-term commitment to Adventism among rural people in Madagascar. Eva Keller argues that the key attraction of the church lies in the excitement of study, argument and intellectual exploration. This is a novel approach which challenges utilitarian and cultural particularist explanations of the success of this kind of Christianity.


Description

In recent years, millions of people have joined churches such as the Seventh-day Adventist which prosper enormously in different parts of the world. The Road to Clarity is one of the first ethnographic in-depth studies of this phenomenon. It is a vivid account based on almost two years of participation in ordinary church members' daily religious and non-religious lives. The book offers a fascinating inquiry into the nature of long-term commitment to Adventism among rural people in Madagascar. Eva Keller argues that the key attraction of the church lies in the excitement of study, argument and intellectual exploration. This is a novel approach which challenges utilitarian and cultural particularist explanations of the success of this kind of Christianity.


Reviews

'In sum, this is a very successful book that will stir debate about the transformations taking place across global Christianity and about the nature of religion more generally.' - Michael Lambek, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

'...[This] is a welcome addition to this growing set of discussions, one that has much to offer both the anthropology of Christianity and the anthropology of Madagascar.' - Jennifer Cole, Anthropos


Contents

People in Search of a Living
Christianity and Seventh-day Adventism in Madagascar
International and Local Structure of the Adventist Church
Profiles
Bible Study
Knowledge of the Bible and Scientific Inquiry
Text and Learning
The Great Controversy
The Construction and Rejection of Ancestral Religion
Making Choices
The Question of Kinship


Authors

EVA KELLER is a Research Fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, in 2002. She is currently carrying out research on a national park in Madagascar.