By Gerardo Marti

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One reason for the change was that people had difficulty finding the church. ” Another reason, and perhaps more significant, is that the [ 41 ] a mosaic of believers new name was more acceptable to local Hispanics who had been raised Roman Catholic and whose family and friends considered entering an evangelical church to be a betrayal of faith. Some Hispanics would start attending but not tell others that it was a Baptist church.

Wuthnow (2003) goes further to assert that art is the means by which churches are being revitalized today. The critical mechanism for him is “selective absorption,” which emphasizes that “religious organizations do not respond passively to social conditions but negotiate with their environment” (14). Wuthnow shows how exposure to the arts is widespread and possibly increasing, and suggests that those with a strong interest in spirituality are also interested in artistry and consider experience a valuable means to knowing God.

This perspective introduces a strategic element of human behavior; ac- [ 15 ] a mosaic of believers tors tactically manipulate their ethnic identity in conforming to expectations when necessary and avoiding disruptions or embarrassment when not (Nagata, 1974; Okamura, 1981; Eriksen, 1992, 1993). James (1950:294) notes that an individual “has as many different social selves as there are distinct groups of persons about whose opinion he cares. ” Different audiences call for different performances.

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