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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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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Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-first Century based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This book is deliciously written. I found myself swept up in the contextualization of this important movement. Cox writes it in a way that seems fitting to the movement he is commenting on, like a grand story. I like his balance and his hesitation at just adding to the attacks Pentecostals have had to endure. He outlines some of the important challenges, especially in terms of eschatology. And his discussions on primal religious impulses is fascinating. This book is definitely a worthwhile read from a respectful theologian on a topic that is so important today.