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Negotiating RespectPentecostalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Spiritual Authority in the Dominican Republic$
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Brendan Jamal Thornton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061689

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061689.001.0001

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Orthodoxy and Christian Culture in the Dominican Republic

Orthodoxy and Christian Culture in the Dominican Republic

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(p.16) 1 Orthodoxy and Christian Culture in the Dominican Republic
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Negotiating Respect
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Brendan Jamal Thornton

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061689.003.0001

In order to contextualize contemporary Pentecostal religion in the country and to explain the historical constitution of Christian culture and Christian subjectivities locally, Chapter 1 offers a brief social history of Christianity in the Dominican Republic beginning with the advent of Roman Catholic supremacy following the “discovery” of the New World. Christian orthodoxy has been the religion of status and power on the island since the establishment of the first colony, Catholicism’s intimate relationship with political authority initiated along with the region’s first colonial governments. No less a principal symbol in subsequent independence movements and intimately tied to popular nationalist discourses, Christianity has come to define the dominant moral order of Dominican society. This chapter traces the origins of Christian hegemony, rooted in over 500 years of Christian domination, and plots the primary vertices of religious pluralism in the country, namely popular versions of Catholicism, Protestantism (especially Pentecostalism), and so-called Dominican vodú.

Keywords:   Christian culture, Christian orthodoxy, Christian hegemony, religious pluralism, Catholic supremacy, Dominican vodú, Protestantism, Pentecostalism

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