Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 1, 2011

byWilliam K. Kay

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In religious terms Pentecostalism was probably the most vibrant and rapidly-growing religious movement of the 20th century. Starting as a revivalistic and renewal movement within Christianity, it encircled the globe in less than 25 years and grew in North America and then in those parts of theworld with the highest birth-rates. Characterised by speaking in tongues, miracles, television evangelism and megachurches, it is also noted for its small-group meetings, empowerment of individuals, liberation of women and humanitarian concerns. Without the financial and military support of the state (as was the case with communism), it flourished in almost every conceivable socio-political environment. Even in Europe, where religion most frequently appeared tired and out of date, Pentecostalism might draw large crowds or, within mainlineChristian congregations, flourish in a more muted charismatic form. When these two forms are added together, Pentecostalism and neo-Pentecostalism are thought to account for around 450 million people.William K. Kay outlines the origins and growth of Pentecostalism, looking at not only the theological aspects of the movement, but also the sociological influences of its political and humanitarian viewpoints.

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In religious terms Pentecostalism was probably the most vibrant and rapidly-growing religious movement of the 20th century. Starting as a revivalistic and renewal movement within Christianity, it encircled the globe in less than 25 years and grew in North America and then in those parts of theworld with the highest birth-rates. Charact...

William K Kay has written widely on Pentecostalism both from a historical perspective and using empirical and quantitative methods. He published Pentecostals in Britain (Paternoster, 2000), Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies: a reader (edited with Anne Dyer and published by SCM in 2004), Apostolic Networks in Britain (Paternoster, 2...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

History1. Origins and characteristics2. The United States3. Regional surveyTheology5. Glossolalia, healing, wealth and spiritual warfareSociology6. Cells and megachurches7. Black and white, Ecumenism and politicsConclusion8. Pentecostalism for the 21st centuryGlossaryBibliographyIndex