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Our Lady of Emmitsburg, Visionary Culture, and Catholic Identity: Seeing and Believing (Hardback)

Jill Krebs

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ISBN 10: 1498523552 / ISBN 13: 9781498523554
Edité par Lexington Books, United States, 2015
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This ethnography explores the community of believers in a series of Marian apparitions in rural Emmitsburg, Maryland, asking what it means to call oneself a Catholic and child of Our Lady in this context, what it means to believe in an apparition, and what it means to communicate with divine presence on earth. Believers fashion themselves as devotees of Our Lady in several ways. Through autobiography, they look backward in time to see their lives as leading up to their participation in the prayer group or in some cases moving to Emmitsburg. By observing and telling miracle stories, they adopt an enchanted worldview in which the miraculous becomes everyday. Through relationships with Our Lady, their lives are enriched and even transformed. When they negotiate institutional loyalty and individual autonomy, they affirm their own authority and Catholic identity. Finally, through social media, they expand their devotional networks in ways that shift authority structures and empower individuals. Individuals engage beliefs, practices, and attitudes both arising from and resisting elements of modernity, religious pluralism and religious decline, empowerment and perceived disempowerment, tradition and innovation, and institutional loyalty and perceived disloyalty to reveal one way of understanding Catholic identity amidst the shifts and flows of modern change. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781498523554

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Titre : Our Lady of Emmitsburg, Visionary Culture, ...

Éditeur : Lexington Books, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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This ethnography explores the community of believers in a series of Marian apparitions in rural Emmitsburg, Maryland, asking what it means to call oneself a Catholic and child of Our Lady in this context, what it means to believe in an apparition, and what it means to communicate with divine presence on earth. Believers fashion themselves as devotees of Our Lady in several ways. Through autobiography, they look backward in time to see their lives as leading up to their participation in the prayer group or in some cases moving to Emmitsburg. By observing and telling miracle stories, they adopt an enchanted worldview in which the miraculous becomes everyday. Through relationships with Our Lady, their lives are enriched and even transformed. When they negotiate institutional loyalty and individual autonomy, they affirm their own authority and Catholic identity. Finally, through social media, they expand their devotional networks in ways that shift authority structures and empower individuals. Individuals engage beliefs, practices, and attitudes both arising from and resisting elements of modernity, religious pluralism and religious decline, empowerment and perceived disempowerment, tradition and innovation, and institutional loyalty and perceived disloyalty to reveal one way of understanding Catholic identity amidst the shifts and flows of modern change.

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Our Lady of Emmitsburg is a lovingly crafted and well-written account of an extraordinary woman, her apparitions of the Virgin Mary, and their devotees. Jill Krebs is a scholar who takes her interlocutors seriously. She listens to them, engages with them, shares her own thoughts with them. This is a wonderful study that methodologically shows us what engaged, embodied, and reciprocal ethnography can be. Krebs offers usacompelling and very important book about people whose beliefs and faith are made palpable to the reader. I highly recommend it.--Kristy Nabhan-Warren, University of Iowa"

Our Lady of Emmitsburg is the most insightfully described and theoretically informed accounts of one of America s premier Marian apparition sites.--David G. Bromley, founder and director, World Religions and Spirituality Project"

Our Lady of Emmitsburg will be an important book in the corpus of scholarship on Marian devotion in general and Marian apparitions in particular. [It is] well researched, well organized, and engagingly written the real and lasting contribution of this book comes in the author s elucidation of the visual culture of apparition devotees.--Sandra Zimdars-Swartz, University of Kansas"

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