BACKPACKERS OF FAITH

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DOI: 10.32749/nucleodoconhecimento.com.br/science-of-religion/backpackers-of-faith
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DENDASCK, Carla Viana [1]

DENDASCK, Carla Viana (2009). BITUN, Ricardo (2004). Backpackers of faith. Editora Reflexão. São Paulo, 2011, 129p. Revista Científica Multidisciplinar Núcleo do Conhecimento. Year 03, Ed. 12, Vol. 05, pp. 119-121 December 2018. ISSN:2448-0959. Access Link: https://www.nucleodoconhecimento.com.br/science-of-religion/backpackers-of-faith, DOI: 10.32749/nucleodoconhecimento.com.br/science-of-religion/backpackers-of-faith

Backpackers of the faith, written in four chapters, brought to light the phenomenon of Pentecostal movements in Brazil and religious transit, using as methodology the metaphor, which, although questioned by many researchers, managed to meet with praise the objectives outlined for this work resulting from the author’s doctoral study.

The first chapter, entitled: “In which world the backpackers of the faith pass”, the author elucidates the concepts, contexts and environments that will be treated during the study from the introduction of the reader to the context from the Weberian perspective. For this, it presents the traditional society, modern society, and the change of the eschatological paradigm, where the milestone could be the transition from the utopia of the paradise to come, to the immediate return of consumption and relationships that bring “immediate reward”, thus man becomes the center of the whole universe, conquering space with God, in a process of deification.

In the second chapter, entitled : “The sacred spaces of the pilgrimage” is carried out the contextualization of the Brazilian religious space, focusing especially on the history of Pentecostalism , its influences of its growth in the percentage within Protestantism. In the same chapter, we also turn to the history of Protestantism and its consequences for Pentecostalism, the emergence of the Pentecostal movement, the typologies pointed out by scholars, until it reaches the wave of neopentecostalism, especially the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and the World Church of God’s power, introducing the transit environment especially between these two spaces.

In the third chapter: “Where do the backpackers roam?” the author continues the first occasions of the previous chapter to carry out the unfolding of religious transit, demonstrating the historical context of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, and its strategy of buying a television network to expand its proposal, the symbolism in the construction of its cults, and the wit with which resources are raised. All the factors also adopted by the World Church (without considering the other movements that have come later), and the space for the religious transit of the “backpackers” who end up joining the space that offers it better or greater advantages.

The fourth and final chapter: “They.. the backpackers” scope brings the favorable environment for the transition, especially by the media, snatching a market that seemed forgotten, bringing within the speeches of the interviewees themselves some reasons, the reconstruction of faith, the resignification of objects that would supposedly bind to the sacred and the reach of miracles, and, as these institutions appropriate market strategies to achieve “to overcome competition”.

If on the one hand, “the backpacker”, guided by his own interests then ends up tracing his route based on his interests, and the best offer.

[1] Theologian, PhD in Clinical Psychoanalysis. He has been working for 15 years with Scientific Methodology (Research Method) in the Scientific Production Guidance of Master’s and Doctoral Students. Specialist in Market Research and Research focused on the health area.

Sent: December, 2018

Approved: December, 2018

Theologian, PhD in Clinical Psychoanalysis. Has been working for 15 years with Scientific Methodology (Research Method) in the Scientific Production Orientation of MSc and PhD students. Specialist in Market Research and Research in the area of ​​Health

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