Being a Christian in the Catholic Way

Protestant and Catholic Versions of the 'Jesus' Films and the Evangelization of Poland


  • Esther Peperkamp Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology



evangelical film, catholicism in Poland, religion and film


This article addresses the distinctive spiritual qualities of aerial movement. Taking as a point of departure the feature ?lm Maria, Mãe do Filho de Deus (2003) played by famous Brazilian Padre Marcelo Rossi, it argues for an engagement with cinematic images in terms of aerial dynamic imagination. It will be shown that the “inspired breath” of Padre Marcelo organizes the universe and affects the constitution of subjects and space in the ?lm according to the Scriptures. The same aerial dynamic applies to his other contexts of performance such as Byzantine praying techniques and their relation to space. Subsequently, the article explores underlying analogies between electronic technology, acoustic environment, and pneumatic spirituality within common practices of embodied experience.

Author Biography

Esther Peperkamp, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Esther Peperkamp is Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. She defended her dissertation "Being a Christian--'Being the same everywhere': Teenagers on religion, self and society in post-socialist Poland" at the University of Amsterdam in 2006. Her research interests include Religion and the Self, Religion and Morality, Postsocialism, Anthropology of Consumption and Media. Advokatenweg 36 06114 Halle/S., Germany


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How to Cite

Peperkamp, E. (2005). Being a Christian in the Catholic Way: Protestant and Catholic Versions of the ’Jesus’ Films and the Evangelization of Poland. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 1(2-3), 352–374.