Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism

Paperback | August 7, 2013

EditorDonald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, Richard Flory

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Pentecostalism is the fastest growing religious movement in the world, currently estimated to have at least 500 million adherents. In the movement's early years, most Pentecostal converts lived in relative poverty, yet the rapidly shifting social ecology of Pentecostal Christians includes manymiddle-class individuals, as well as an increasing number of young adults attracted by the music and vibrant worship of these churches. The stereotypical view of Pentecostals as "other-worldly" and disengaged from politics and social ministry is also being challenged, as Pentecostals-including manywho are committed to working for social and political change-constitute growing minorities in many countries. Spirit and Power addresses three main questions: Where is Pentecostalism growing globally? Why it is growing? What is its social and political impact? The contributors to this volume include theologians, historians, and social scientists, who bring their diverse disciplinary perspectives to bear onthese empirical questions. The essays draw on extensive survey research as well as in-depth ethnographic field methods, with analyses offering diverging and sometimes competing explanations for the growth and impact of Pentecostalism around the world.

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Pentecostalism is the fastest growing religious movement in the world, currently estimated to have at least 500 million adherents. In the movement's early years, most Pentecostal converts lived in relative poverty, yet the rapidly shifting social ecology of Pentecostal Christians includes manymiddle-class individuals, as well as an inc...

Donald E. Miller is Firestone Professor of Religion and executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He has written or edited nine books, including Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement (with Tetsunao Yamamori). Kimon H. Sargeant is Vice President...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.18 inPublished:August 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsDonald E. Miller: Introduction: Pentecostalism as a Global PhenomenonSECTION 1. Pentecostal Origins: From Azusa Street to Global Networks1. Allan Anderson: The Emergence of a Multidimensional Global Missionary Movement: Trends, Patterns, and Expressions2. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr.: Launching a Global Movement: The Role of the Azusa Street in Pentecostalism's Growth and ExpansionSECTION 2. Why is Pentecostalism Growing?3. R. Andrew Chesnut: Spirited Competition: Pentecostal Success in Latin America's New Religious Marketplace4. Henri Gooren: The Growth and Development of Non-Catholic Churches in ParaguaySECTION 3. Pentecostalism and Politics5. Paul Freston: Pentecostalism and Politics in Latin America: Compromise or Prophetic Witness?6. Robert Woodberry: Pentecostalism and Democracy: Is There a Relationship?SECTION 4. Pentecostalism and Social Engagement7. Timothy Wadkins: Pentecostals and the New World Order in El Salvador: Separating, Consuming, and Engaging8. Danny McCain: The Metamorphosis of Nigerian Pentecostalism: From Signs and Wonders to Service and Influence in SocietySECTION 5. Transnational Pentecostalism9. Afe Adogame: Reconfiguring the Global Religious Economy: The Role of African Pentecostalism10. Juan Martinez: Remittances and Mission: Transnational Latino Pentecostal Ministry in Los AngelesSECTION 6. Gendered Pentecostalism11. Estrelda Alexander: Beautiful Feet: Women Leaders and the Shaping of Global Pentecostalism12. Katherine L. Attanasi: Constructing Gender within Global Pentecostalism: Contrasting Case Studies in Colombia and South AfricaSECTION 7. Spirit/Power13. William Kay: Gifts of the Spirit: Reflections on Pentecostalism and Its Growth in Asia14. Margaret Poloma and Matthew T. Lee: Prophecy, Empowerment and Godly Love: The Spirit Factor in the Growth of PentecostalismRichard Flory and Kimon H. Sargeant: Conclusion: Pentecostalism in Global PerspectiveAppendix. By the Numbers: The Global Expansion of PentecostalismTodd Johnson: 1. Global Pentecostal DemographicsJohn Green: 2. Pentecostal Growth in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: Findings from a Ten Country SurveyIndex

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"Amazing as it might have seemed a generation ago, we now have to reckon Pentecostal Christianity as one of the most successful and transformative global movements of the twentieth century. Fortunately, the topic has attracted some really first class scholarship, which is amply represented inSpirit and Power. This is a rich and multi-faceted collection of studies. Readable and, often, inspiring." ---Philip Jenkins, author of The Next Christendom