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High on God: How Megachurches Won the Heart of America

James Wellman, Katie Corcoran, and Kate Stockly

Abstract

Humans are homo duplex, seeking to be individuals but knowing this is only possible in communities. Thus, humans struggle to integrate these two sides of their nature. Megachurches have been enormously successful at resolving this struggle. How do they do it, and what is it about their structure and rituals that makes so many feel as if they are high on God? The affective energies and emotional valences that characterize religious ecstasy are the primary focus of our study of megachurches. Empirically, humans want and desire forms of what Randall Collins calls “emotional energy.” Drawing on ex ... More

Keywords: megachurch, emotion, interaction ritual, charisma, qualitative, scandal, worship, religion, Christianity, co-presence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199827718.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Wellman, author
Professor and Chair of Comparative Religion, University of Washington

Katie Corcoran, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, West Virginia University

Kate Stockly, author
PhD Candidate, Boston University

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