Review of the article “Ritualization and Radicalization” from Thomas J. Csordas book “Langage Charisma and Creativity. Ritual Life in Catholic Carismatic Renewal”
Sociologijos esė. The Content. About the author About the book and the article Sacralization and mythologization of time Religious rituals and embodiment of Charisma Revision and reification of a domestic sphere, Organization of personal conduct Conclusions References.
In this chapter of the book, Thomas Csordas presents how daily life was ritualized and radicalized in Catholic Charismatic communities. Summarizing the text, one can find, that the purpose of ritualization is to sanctify the daily life thus the existence of self. This process is based not only on ritual practices, but on sanctifying
the time and creating imaginary terrains where space for transformation of identity is created. Identity is transformed through metaphors taken from the Bible.
In a way of sanctifying the life stands triple enemy - the world, the flesh, and the devil. In order to overcome those, people ritualize and radicalize their daily life. In this case, according to Csordas, Durgheimian division of “sacred” and “profane” is hardly
applicable. Much more suitable in analysis of this phenomena is phenomenological approach (Csordas 1997, 265).
My personal critique and thoughts on this article are incorporated in this text.
Not so much to criticize here, as I amateur learner lacking requirable competence to discuss with the author. I have to say, that as far as I am familiar with new religious movements and catholic Pentecostalism in Lithuania, I find many similarities but one
important difference. This would be about gender issue. Though in most cases of local “full gospel movements” males would be found in pastors position, however there has been a lot of influential women in this leadership/pastoral role as well. In Lithuanian catholic Charismatic cases, most of community leaders would be woman. Where community was conducted by “shifting leadership”, most of its council members would be women with only one or two influential men. In general the study of Lithuanian catholic Charismatic movement would probably show surprising results that these kind
of new religious movements here are/where predominantly famine.