Fire From Heaven

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It was born a scant ninety-five years ago in a rundown warehouse on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. For days the religious-revival service there went on and on-and within a week the Los Angeles Times was reporting on a "weird babble" coming from the building. Believers were "speaking in tongues," the way they did at the first Pentecost recorded in the Bible-and a pentecostal movement was created that would, by the start of the twenty-first century, attract over 400 million followers worldwide. Harvey Cox has ...

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Fire From Heaven: The Rise Of Pentecostal Spirituality And The Reshaping Of Religion In The 21st Century

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Overview

It was born a scant ninety-five years ago in a rundown warehouse on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. For days the religious-revival service there went on and on-and within a week the Los Angeles Times was reporting on a "weird babble" coming from the building. Believers were "speaking in tongues," the way they did at the first Pentecost recorded in the Bible-and a pentecostal movement was created that would, by the start of the twenty-first century, attract over 400 million followers worldwide. Harvey Cox has traveled the globe to visit and worship with pentecostal congregations on four continents, and he has written a dynamic, provocative history of this explosion of spirituality-a movement that represents no less than a tidal change in what religion is and what it means to people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306810497
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 718,086
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvey Cox, Victor Thomas Professor of Religion at Harvard University, is the author of more than ten books, including The Secular City. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Little Church and the Big City 3
1 Millennium Approaches 19
2 The Fire Falls in Los Angeles 45
3 The Fire Spreads 67
4 Another Voice: The Recovery of Primal Speech 81
5 Signs and Wonders: The Recovery of Primal Piety 99
6 The Future Present: The Recovery of Primal Hope 111
7 "Your Daughters Shall Prophesy" 123
8 "Music Brought Me to Jesus" 139
9 "We Shall Do Greater Things": Pentecostalism in Latin America 161
10 Sibyls and Madonnas: Reclaiming Archaic Spirituality in Europe 185
11 Shamans and Entrepreneurs: Primal Spirituality on the Asian Rim 213
12 Healers and Ecologists: Primal Spirituality in Black Africa 243
13 Pentecostalism In America: "Whose Report Do You Believe?" 263
14 Pentecostalism in America: Body Snatchers and Spiritual Warriors 281
15 The Liberating Spirit 299
Bibliographical Notes 323
Index 333
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