Includes bibliographical references (p. -352) and index.
1. Eternal return of conversion : Christianity as contested domain in highland Bolivia / Olivia Harris -- 2. Renewable icons : concepts of religious power in a fishing village in South India / Cecilia Busby -- 3. Possession and confession : affliction and sacred power in colonial and contemporary Catholic South India / David Mosse -- 4. Reading as gift and writing as theft / Fenella Cannell -- 5. Materializing the self : words and gifts in the construction of charismatic Protestant identity / Simon Coleman -- 6. Effectiveness of ritual / Christina Toren -- 7. Forgetting conversion : the Summer Institute of Linguistics Mission in the Piro lived world / Peter Gow -- 8. Bible meets the idol : writing and conversion in Biak, Irian Jaya, Indonesia / Danilyn Rutherford -- 9. Scripture study as normal science : Seventh-day Adventist practice on the east coast of Madagascar / Eva Keller -- 10. Appropriated and monolithic Christianity in Melanesia / Harvey Whitehouse -- Anxious transcendence / Webb Keane -- References -- Contributions -- Index.