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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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MELLO NETO, Gustavo Adolfo Ramos  and  SILVA JUNIOR, Mauricio Cardoso da. A sedução divina no neopentecostalismo: um estudo psicanalítico. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2010, vol.10, n.3, pp. 757-786. ISSN 1518-6148.

The aim of the present paper is to offer a psychoanalytical point of view about the religious movement entitled neo-Pentecostal. Such movement has been initiated inside the Protestantism and proposes a wide range of theological innovations, such as the Prosperity Theology, the Dominion Theology and a wide flexibility in customs and habits. It also presents a new kind of relationship with the Sacred. A bibliographical research on the themes religion, psychoanalysis and neo-Pentecostalism was carried out in order to comprehend which messages are passed on between the couple believer-God within these Churches; which enigmas are offered to the believer and which comprehension can be achieved of the divine word. Based on the references found, we analyse Neo-Pentecostalism from a few main matters: its therapeutic function (cures, miracles, or the subject reestablishment from the difficulties of life); its group formation (the bonds between believers and with their religious leader); the role money plays inside these temples (as an intermediation between the believer and God) and the relationship between the believer, God and the Devil (especially when these relationships achieve their highest level: the religious ecstasy and the Devil possession). We conclude that the encounter with God, a reliving of the meeting between adult and child, brings the demand for the believers' passivity as a condition to receive God's love and protection, reinstituting the original femininity of the subject's history. The religious person, in his or her effort to comprehend this superior other's messages, finds a conclusion in the neo-Pentecostal discourse, making it possible to the believers to rewrite their own history and keep themselves safe from helplessness.

Keywords : Neo-pentecostalism; Psychoanalysis; Religion; Theory of generalized seduction; Culture.

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