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“Somewhere in between here and heaven”: Transcendence and singing in the spirit in two primitive Baptist churches


2007 2007

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This thesis is concerned with the bridges forged between a spiritual realm and the everyday—the experience of transcendence. This bridging is explored within the particular experiences of members of Hollow Springs and Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Churches in Caldwell County, North Carolina, who gather each Sunday for song, prayer, and the Word. Entering the church building as individuals, they become a spiritual group, bound through their individual and collective spiritual and worship experiences. The goal is unity in the Spirit, through the Spirit as it dwells within each congregant. It is communication with God and communication with one another through God—spiritual knowledge and understanding, eyes to see and ears to hear, a soul-soothing foretaste of eternal salvation and immortal glory in Jesus Christ. It is a brief experience in the sacred realm of the Holy Spirit. This, while often resisting description through mere words, is the nature of experiences explored herein.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Religion;
Folklore
Classification
0318: Religion
0358: Folklore
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences
Title
“Somewhere in between here and heaven”: Transcendence and singing in the spirit in two primitive Baptist churches
Author
Huffman, Eddie L.
Number of pages
271
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0153
Source
MAI 46/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549133919
Advisor
Ferris, William
Committee member
Patterson, Beverly; Peacock, James L.
University/institution
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department
Folklore
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1445401
ProQuest document ID
304840684
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304840684
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