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Reclaiming the WildernessContemporary Dynamics of the Yiguandao$
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Sébastien Billioud

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197529133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197529133.001.0001

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Confirming One’s Faith

Confirming One’s Faith

(p.57) 2 Confirming One’s Faith
Reclaiming the Wilderness

Sébastien Billioud

Oxford University Press

Using a Weberian theoretical framework, chapter 2 focuses on the ways faith is confirmed. The issue of confirmation (Bewährung) is of the utmost importance since faith is hardly definitely acquired and, for most of the people, constantly needs to be reaffirmed. The chapter demonstrates that modes of inner confirmation of one’s faith (of one’s religious charisma, of one’s certainty to be saved, of one’s religious virtuosity) in the Yiguandao are tightly linked to proselytizing work and therefore directly beneficial to the group’s expansion. Additionally, it explores a number of features (e.g., spirit-writing) that do not come from the missionary-adept himself or herself, but from the outside and that reinforce the certitude of the adept that the faith he or she embraces is the true one.

Keywords:   confirmation, Bewährung, Max Weber, salvation, proselytizing, missionary work, missionary-adept, expansion, spirit-writing

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