La main sur l'écran Pentecôtisme et expérience du « toucher » télévisuel

Abstract : Introduced in the United States in the 1950s with the first televised sermons, the gesture of putting one’s hand on a TV screen to receive the Holy Spirit that a TV preacher has promised to activate is characteristic of the Pentecostal experience. According to this communicational grammar, the objective is to transform the person by making them incorporate the Holy Spirit, or even to convert or cure them. But this gesture, which can be seen as a powerful act of conversion by engaging bodies with TV images, is not new. On the contrary, it has been an anachronistic gesture of Pentecostal modernity, which has thus been reinventing a whole series of religious practices characterized by contact with images. As a variation on the historical processes of the televised formation of the Pentecostal experience, this paper aims at showing that the hand on the screen can been considered as a motif of Incarnation and a reformulation of the miraculous logic of touched-touching at the core of Christianity.
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Damien Mottier. La main sur l'écran Pentecôtisme et expérience du « toucher » télévisuel. Gradhiva : revue d'histoire et d'archives de l'anthropologie , Musée du quai Branly, 2017, En croire ses sens, pp.26-45. ⟨10.4000/gradhiva.3420 ⟩. ⟨hal-01685303⟩

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