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  • Linda Woodhead

Abstract

Christianity is a powerful religion and contains a vast resource for shaping life and death. It is flexible because it works with abstract concepts as well as stories, symbols, and rituals. But are there limitations to what Christianity can offer an individual? The Introduction provides an explanation of the terms and categories of Christianity. Christianity should not be viewed just from a positive perspective, it should be looked at in the wider social and material context. Christianity, in common with many other religions, has a lot to do with (sacred) power. How has this been understood, embodied, and exercised? How does it relate to secular power?

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