Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism

Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism

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Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism by Donald E. Miller

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 many middle-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 many who 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 on these 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199344291
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

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, Human Sciences at the John Templeton Foundation, and the author of Seeker Churches: Promoting Traditional Religion in a Non-Traditional Way. Richard Flory is Associate Research Professor of Sociology and director of research in the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He is the author of three books, most recently Growing up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens.

Table of Contents

Contributors Introduction: Pentecostalism as a Global Phenomenon Donald E. Miller SECTION 1. Pentecostal Origins: From Azusa Street to Global Networks Chapter 1: The Emergence of a Multidimensional Global Missionary Movement: Trends, Patterns, and Expressions Allan Anderson Chapter 2: Launching a Global Movement: The Role of the Azusa Street in Pentecostalism's Growth and Expansion Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. SECTION 2. Why is Pentecostalism Growing? Chapter 3: Spirited Competition: Pentecostal Success in Latin America's New Religious Marketplace R. Andrew Chesnut Chapter 4: The Growth and Development of Non-Catholic Churches in Paraguay Henri Gooren SECTION 3. Pentecostalism and Politics Chapter 5: Pentecostalism and Politics in Latin America: Compromise or Prophetic Witness? Paul Freston Chapter 6: Pentecostalism and Democracy: Is There a Relationship? Robert Woodberry SECTION 4. Pentecostalism and Social Engagement Chapter 7: Pentecostals and the New World Order in El Salvador: Separating, Consuming, and Engaging Timothy Wadkins Chapter 8: The Metamorphosis of Nigerian Pentecostalism: From Signs and Wonders to Service and Influence in Society Danny McCain SECTION 5. Transnational Pentecostalism Chapter 9: Reconfiguring the Global Religious Economy: The Role of African Pentecostalism Afe Adogame Chapter 10: Remittances and Mission: Transnational Latino Pentecostal Ministry in Los Angeles Juan Martinez SECTION 6. Gendered Pentecostalism Chapter 11: Beautiful Feet: Women Leaders and the Shaping of Global Pentecostalism Estrelda Alexander Chapter 12: Constructing Gender within Global Pentecostalism: Contrasting Case Studies in Colombia and South Africa Katherine L. Attanasi SECTION 7. Spirit/Power Chapter 13: Gifts of the Spirit: Reflections on Pentecostalism and Its Growth in Asia William Kay Chapter 14: Prophecy, Empowerment and Godly Love: The Spirit Factor in the Growth of Pentecostalism Margaret Poloma and Matthew T. Lee Conclusion: Pentecostalism in Global Perspective Richard Flory and Kimon H. Sargeant Appendix. By the Numbers: The Global Expansion of Pentecostalism 1. Global Pentecostal Demographics Todd Johnson 2. Pentecostal Growth in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: Findings from a Ten Country Survey John Green Index

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