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Haynes, Naomi. 2015. “‘Zambia Shall Be Saved!’: Prosperity Gospel Politics in a Self-Proclaimed Christian Nation.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 19 (1): 5–24. doi:10.1525/nr.2015.19.1.5.
Brenner argues that Islamic movement does for Indonesia as Protestanism did for early modern Europe, i.e.:
Islamic movement : Indonesia : : Protestantism : Europe
So Indonesian modernity is an “alternative” to Western modernity, but for Brenner, there is a formal parallel between them. The societies are changing in different ways, but the process of change is the same on a deeper level.
The multiple modernities thesis states:
If there are many modernities, then Western society exists in only one? What makes it different?
What are the distinctive cultural values of Western modernity not shared, for instance, by Indonesian modernity, Swahili modernity or Sahka modernity?
Western societies tend to be very secular, but as cultures, their members also share a system of values? What is the idea to which Western societies attribute overriding importance, that is, “sacred” value?
Western societies tend to teach members to see themselves as individuals. This has come into our discussion in several ways already:
Let's examine directly the idea all these have in common: The individual.
Weber assumed that being an individual is natural, and hence a precondition for social action. It is natural for an actor to have a unique, subjective, private view of their action, and so we must take their perspective as an individual to see what they create through action.
What if the individual does not exist except in our imagination?
What if you have to be taught to see yourself as an individual, and not something else? Western children are taught this from the day they are able to talk.
When we think of the globalization of Western cultural forms, most people think of commodities and mass consumption. They may also think about ideologies like liberal democracy, capitalism and personal achievement.
Different kinds of Christianity have also globalized, but not always in the same ways or to the same places. Pentecostal Christianity speads almost by word of mouth and is growing very rapidly
Is this a reflection of Western individualism, or a kind of reciprocity with God?
The Pew Forum of Religion and Public Life. 2011. “Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population.” http://www.pewforum.org/
Robbins, Joel. 1997. “‘When Do You Think the World Will End?’: Globalization, Apocalypticism, and the Moral Perils of Fieldwork in ‘Last New Guinea.’” Anthropology and Humanism 22 (1): 6–30. doi:10.1525/ahu.1918.104.22.168.
———. 2002. “My Wife Can’t Break Off Part of Her Belief and Give It to Me: Apocalyptic Interrogations of Christian Individualism Among the Urapmin of Papua New Guinea.” Paideuma 48: 189–206.
———. 2004. Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society. University of California Press.