Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Paperback | March 1, 2011

byCandy Gunther Brown

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Divine healing is an essential marker of the global phenomenon of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. But although we know that healing is central in these movements, we know surprisingly little about how divine healing beliefs and practices reflect the interplay of local and globalpatterns of cultural development. The essays in this collection seek to discover what is the same and what is different about such beliefs and practices in diverse contexts, trace formal and informal lines of cultural influence across geographic and national boundaries, and ask how healing bothreflects and contributes to larger processes of globalization. The collection not only fleshes out a picture of how and why spiritual healing is practiced in diverse cultural contexts and how healing practices reflect and shape the transnational spread of Christianity; it also provide insight into the nature of globalization. The authors attend to a wide rangeof issues, including the theological rationales for divine healing; the symbolic objects and ritual enactments employed; the cultural controversies surrounding these practices; the relationship between Christian healing and local or indigenous healing traditions; whether an emphasis on financialprosperity is always present; and the extent to which Pentecostal and Charismatic churches are networked and the role of healing in such networks. With nearly all new essays, this informative volume, edited by Candy Gunther Brown, contains a forward by Harvey Cox and contributions from aninternational team of sixteen professors, academics, and scholars.

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Divine healing is an essential marker of the global phenomenon of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. But although we know that healing is central in these movements, we know surprisingly little about how divine healing beliefs and practices reflect the interplay of local and globalpatterns of cultural development. The essays in ...

Candy Gunther Brown is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsHarvey Cox: ForewordCandy Gunther Brown: Introduction: Pentecostalism and the Globalization of Illness and HealingPart I. Europe and North America1. Heather D. Curtis: The Global Character of Nineteenth-Century Divine Healing2. Simon Coleman: Why Health and Wealth?: Dimensions of Prosperity among Swedish Charismatics3. Claudia Wahrisch-Oblau: Material Salvation: Healing, Deliverance, and "Breakthrough" in African Migrant Churches in Germany4. Catherine Bowler: Blessed Bodies: Healing within the African American Faith Movement5. Angela Tarango: Jesus as the "Great Physician": Pentecostal Native North Americans within the Assemblies of God and New Understandings of Pentecostal HealingPart II. Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Borderlands6. Gaston Espinosa: Latino Pentecostal Healing in the North American Borderlands7. Arlene Sanchez Walsh: Santidad, Salvacion, Sanidad, Liberacion: The Word of Faith Movement among Twenty-First Century Latin@ Pentecostals8. R. Andrew Chesnut: Exorcising the Demons of Deprivation: Divine Healing and Conversion in Brazilian Pentecostalism9. Rebecca Pierce Bomann: The Salve of Divine Healing: Essential Rituals for Survival among Working-Class Pentecostals in Bogota, Colombia10. Matthew Marostica: Learning from the Master: Carlos Annacondia and the Standardization of Pentecostal Practices in and beyond ArgentinaPart III. Africa and Asia11. Cephas N. Omenyo: New Wine in an Old Wine Bottle?: Charismatic Healing in the Mainline Churches in Ghana12. Paul Gifford: Healing in African Pentecostalism: The "Victorious Living" of David Oyedepo13. Sean C. Kim: Re-enchanted: Divine Healing in Korean Protestantism14. Michael Bergunder: Miracle Healing and Exorcism in South Indian Pentecostalism15. Gotthard Oblau: Divine Healing and the Growth of Practical Christianity in ChinaPart IV. Global Crossings16. Thomas J. Csordas: Catholic Charismatic Healing in Global Perspective: The Cases of India, Brazil, and Nig17. Candy Gunther Brown: Global Awakenings: Divine Healing Networks and Global Community in North America, Brazil, Mozambique, and BeCandy Gunther Brown: AfterwordIndex