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Author Jenkins, Kathleen E.

Title Awesome families : the promise of healing relationships in the International Churches of Christ / Kathleen E. Jenkins
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 283 pages)
Contents Introduction : "It's like free counseling all the time" -- Sacred counsel : "ambassadors for God" -- An unsinkable raft in a foreboding divorce culture -- Collective performances of healing -- In with the old and the new -- Awesome kids -- Brothers and sisters for the kingdom of God -- A kingdom that promised too much
Summary In Awesome Families, Kathleen Jenkins draws on four years of ethnographic research to explain how and why so many individuals-primarily from middle- to upper-middle-class backgrounds-were attracted to this religious group that was founded on principles of enforced community, explicit authoritative relationships, and therapeutic ideals. Weaving classical and contemporary social theory, she argues that members were commonly attracted to the structure and practice of family relationships advocated by the church, especially in the context of contemporary society where gender roles and family responsibilities are often ambiguous. Tracing the rise and fall of this fast-growing religious movement, this timely study adds to our understanding of modern society and offers insight to the difficulties that revivalist movements have in sustaining growth
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Subject International Churches of Christ.
Christian sociology -- International Churches of Christ
Families -- Religious aspects -- International Churches of Christ
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780813540979 (electronic bk.)
0813540976 (electronic bk.)