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By Joel Robbins

In a global of quick and sweeping cultural modifications, few have obvious adjustments as swift and dramatic as these skilled via the Urapmin of Papua New Guinea within the final 4 many years. A distant humans by no means at once "missionized," the Urapmin all started within the Sixties to ship younger males to check with Baptist missionaries residing between neighboring groups. via the past due Seventies, the Urapmin had passed through a charismatic revival, forsaking their conventional faith for a Christianity intensely serious about human sinfulness and pushed via a continuing experience of millennial expectation. Exploring the Christian tradition of the Urapmin, Joel Robbins indicates how its preoccupations supply keys to figuring out the character of cultural switch extra commonly. In so doing, he deals one of many richest on hand anthropological money owed of Christianity as a lived faith. Theoretically bold and engagingly written, his publication opens a distinct standpoint on a Melanesian society, non secular event, and the very nature of quick cultural change.

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