© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Exchange 35,1 Also available online – www.brill.nl RESCRIPTING SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY David Martin Abstract: The emphasis is on a holistic rendering of life-worlds among Pentecostals and their own structures of relevance. Making existential sense is primary before we put pressure on their accounts in terms of concepts like anomic, fundamentalist, pre-political of authenticity. Two accounts of such existential sense are provided. Our object has been to understand Pentecostalism as a whole, and that means exploring life-worlds as well as subjecting data to the scrutiny of sociological concepts and frameworks. If we want in particular to bring out what gives Pentecostalism its appeal on the ‘market’ of souls we need to solicit the self-presentation of the believers themselves. We have to uncover through a very loosely structured conversation the believer’s pro ﬁ le or curriculum vitae. As the believer presents his or her curriculum vitae it comes over as a life-plan for a new quality of existence, and an account of a journey from chaos, beginning ‘before Christ’, and now purposefully come together ‘after Christ’. For the convert BC and AD mark out the year one, l’an un , of a personal revolution. It
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