Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-2013

Abstract

This paper incorporates a melange of ideas into a new understanding of evangelical Christian growth. Existing explanations of growth are well rehearsed within the social sciences, and draw clear distinctions between the characteristics of evangelical organisations and the structural contexts in which they operate. A number of theoretical and empirical assumptions render such explanations applicable in some countries, but not others. Drawing on empirical data from Sri Lanka, I argue that closer examination of the recursive relationship between organisation (agency) and context (structure) will lead to recognition of the fact that growth is a spatially defined process, with evangelical organisations being tied to localities in complex and multifarious ways. A heuristic device - the structural mosaic - is proposed and developed in order to account for the growth of evangelical Christian groups in hostile environments around the world.

Keywords

evangelical Christianity, geographies of religion, Sri Lanka, productions of space, religious growth, structural mosaic

Discipline

Asian Studies | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Volume

38

Issue

4

First Page

652

Last Page

664

ISSN

0020-2754

Identifier

10.1111/tran.12004

Publisher

Wiley: 24 months

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12004

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