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Third Draft Yue Xu Margaret E. Haun English 105 U1 April 6, 2010 Tanya Luhrmann’s article “Metakinesis” discusses the forces that enable the establishment of an intimate relationship with God in the evangelical community. Luhrmann describes the learning process through which evangelical congregants come to use language and bodily experiences in particular ways, which she calls "metakinesis." Through this process, congregants build remarkably intimate relationships with God. She also investigates the reason why evangelical membership has exploded in the last thirty or forty years. In her study of an evangelical Christian community, Luhrmann explores how members come to feel a connection with God. She identified the means by which members use to build their personal relationship with God into three ways: cognitive/linguistic knowledge, metakinesis and relational practice. Cognitive/linguistic knowledge refers to learning specific words, phrases, and concepts used to talk about one's relationship with God. For example, Luhrmann maintains that the phrase “to walk with God” means learning to develop a relationship with God and to “manage everyday challenges: temptation, frustration, disappointment” (398). Evangelicals can learn the meanings of these words by reading the Bible, listening to sermons, and reading manuals on how to pray. These written and oral-didactic resources are important ways to
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understand how to live life as an evangelical Christian.
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