This paper demonstrates how disasters create sites of degradation – potent spaces of upheaval and engagement – that are readily filled and exploited by evangelical Christian groups. In doing so, it explores how disasters provide opportunities for evangelical groups to gain a foothold in localities where Christian presence, and evangelical praxis, may otherwise be restricted. Drawing on qualitative data collected in Sri Lanka throughout 2010–2011, two comparative case studies are presented that reveal the strategies of evangelical Christian praxis in and through sites of environmental and political degradation. Specifically, the case studies reveal how evangelical groups pursue ‘outside‐in’ and ‘inside‐out’ strategies of salvation, which, by blurring the boundaries of religion and relief, can lead to the formation of new hierarchies of power.
disasters, evangelical Christianity, power, sites of degradation, Sri Lanka, tsunami
Asian Studies | Religion
Asia Pacific Viewpoint
Wiley: 24 months
WOODS, Orlando Sebastian Isambard.(2018). Strategies of salvation: Evangelical Christian praxis and sites of degradation in Sri Lanka. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, , 1-13.
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