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BIRMAN, Patricia. O poder da fé, o milagre do poder: mediadores evangélicos e deslocamento de fronteiras sociais. Horiz. antropol. [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.37, pp.133-153. ISSN 0104-7183.

Based upon two cases studies this paper is an attempt to analyse the articulation between two tendancies in the pentacostal evangeslist universe: life separated from the world and life centered on miracle and divine protagonism. The articulation in between these two tendancies constitutes a whole: the moving integration of it represent in the daily life the evangelical presence in the public sphere. As a whole, the evangelist churches are reconstructing the frontiers of what religious is, "inside" and "outside". "Inside" they are redefining magic and religion, desplacing the world enchantment, usualy maintained as "magical" by catholicism, inside the proper religious sphere as miracle. "Outside", the evangelists maintain through their discourses and practical life a way to sacrament their agents and instruments. A divine aura seems to invade the various and necessary social domains througn which have to be established their pastor's leadership.

Keywords : communities; evangelicals; religious mediations; social boundaries.

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