Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

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Divine healing is the 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 global patterns 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 both reflects and contributes to larger processes of globalization. The collection will not only flesh 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 will also provide insight into the nature of globalization. The authors will attend to a wide range of 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 financial prosperity is always present; and the extent to which Pentecostal and charismatic churches are networked and the role of healing in such networks. All the essays are new to this volume.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There can now be no doubt that Pentecostal-Charismatic healing will continue to flower all over the world. It is something no thoughtful person can afford to ignore. We need careful, accurate, empathic, and unprejudiced studies of this reality in all its multitudinous expressions, including healing. And this volume provides the gold standard against which all future efforts will have to be judged."— Harvey G. Cox, Jr., Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University

"...a unique set of cross-cultural and cross national case studies that allow for a deeper understanding of the role that healing plays within todays's increasingly globalized world."—CHOICE

"The text demonstrates unequivocally that 'Charismatic-Pentecostalism' proves 'feeling is believing.' The book is foundational without antecedent or peer, possessing broad appeal for students and scholars of religion."—Religious Studies Review

Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing is an invaluable contribution to the field of religious studies. The book is highly informative and rich in descriptive detail. The diversity of its contributors...makes for a highly readable text that will appeal to a wide range of interests."—Religion

"The care that Candy Gunther Brown took in author selection and editing is evident in this fascinating and insightful volume...I am certain this book will prove an invaluable resource to scholars and students of all Christian traditions, indeed anyone interested in healing, globalization, or mission."—Pneuma

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195393415
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 981,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University

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Table of Contents

Contributors Foreword, by Harvey Cox Introduction: Pentecostalism and the Globalization of Illness and Healing, by Candy Gunther Brown

Part I. Europe and North America
1. The Global Character of Nineteenth-Century Divine Healing, by Heather D. Curtis
2. Why Health and Wealth?: Dimensions of Prosperity among Swedish Charismatics, by Simon Coleman
3. Material Salvation: Healing, Deliverance, and "Breakthrough" in African Migrant Churches in Germany, by Claudia Währisch-Oblau
4. Blessed Bodies: Healing within the African American Faith Movement, by Catherine Bowler
5. Jesus as the "Great Physician": Pentecostal Native North Americans within the Assemblies of God and New Understandings of Pentecostal Healing, by Angela Tarango

Part II. Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Borderlands
6. Latino Pentecostal Healing in the North American Borderlands, by Gastón Espinosa
7. Santidad, Salvación, Sanidad, Liberación: The Word of Faith Movement among Twenty-First Century Latin@ Pentecostals, by Arlene Sánchez Walsh
8. Exorcising the Demons of Deprivation: Divine Healing and Conversion in Brazilian Pentecostalism, by R. Andrew Chesnut
9. The Salve of Divine Healing: Essential Rituals for Survival among Working-Class Pentecostals in Bogotá, Colombia, by Rebecca Pierce Bomann
10. Learning from the Master: Carlos Annacondia and the Standardization of Pentecostal Practices in and beyond Argentina, by Matthew Marostica

Part III. Africa and Asia
11. New Wine in an Old Wine Bottle?: Charismatic Healing in the Mainline Churches in Ghana, by Cephas N. Omenyo
12. Healing in African Pentecostalism: The "Victorious Living" of David Oyedepo, by Paul Gifford
13. Re-enchanted: Divine Healing in Korean Protestantism, by Sean C. Kim
14. Miracle Healing and Exorcism in South Indian Pentecostalism, by Michael Bergunder
15. Divine Healing and the Growth of Practical Christianity in China, by Gotthard Oblau

Part IV. Global Crossings
16. Catholic Charismatic Healing in Global Perspective: The Cases of India, Brazil, and Nigeria, by Thomas J. Csordas
17. Global Awakenings: Divine Healing Networks and Global Community in North America, Brazil, Mozambique, and Beyond, by Candy Gunther Brown

Afterword, by Candy Gunther Brown Index

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