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Global Pentecostalism in the 21st Century

Afterword by Peter L. Berger. Edited by Robert W. Hefner

Publication Year: 2013

This state-of-the-field overview of Pentecostalism around the world focuses on cultural developments among second- and third-generation adherents in regions with large Pentecostal communities, considering the impact of these developments on political participation, citizenship, gender relations, and economic morality. Leading scholars from anthropology, sociology, religious studies, and history present useful introductions to global issues and country-specific studies drawn from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the former USSR.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-x

After its establishment by Peter L. Berger in 1985, one of the first research projects to which the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) at Boston University turned was on the rise of Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in Latin America. ...

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Introduction: The Unexpected Modern—Gender, Piety, and Politics in the Global Pentecostal Surge

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pp. 1-36

It is by now a commonplace in sociology, anthropology, and comparative religious studies to observe that Pentecostalism is the fastest growing religious movement in the contemporary world. Over the past several years, demographers of religion have refined their estimates and concluded that the worldwide communion of Pentecostals ...

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1. Pentecostalism: An Alternative Form of Modernity and Modernization?

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pp. 37-62

The religious origins of Pentecostalism lie in different strains of Christianity, but especially in the Methodist Holiness tradition. Likewise the social and geographical origins of Pentecostalism lie in locations as far apart as India and Wales, even though Pentecostals attach special importance to the explosion of fervor among a global concourse of people ...

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2. The Future of Pentecostalism in Brazil: The Limits to Growth

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pp. 63-90

Brazil can claim to be the world capital of Pentecostalism. It has about 25 million members, nearly one in seven of the population, comprising numerous small denominations but also some huge and highly influential ones. It has high-profile Pentecostal televangelists and members of congress; ...

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3. Social Mobility and Politics in African Pentecostal Modernity

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pp. 91-114

The coincidence of Africa’s born-again takeoff with the end of the Cold War and the dawn of the neoliberal era raises a host of questions about the movement’s relation to social, economic, and political change. Peter Berger contends that Evangelicalism is “the most modern religious community in the contemporary world” because it is a movement constituted by choice: ...

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4. Tensions and Trends in Pentecostal Gender and Family Relations

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pp. 115-148

The upsurge of Pentecostalism since the mid-twentieth century has spawned a formidable body of research, but no systematic studies tracing the social, economic, and educational histories of successive generations. Nevertheless, a clear picture emerges of developments in the global movement since the mid-twentieth century ...

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5. Gender, Modernity, and Pentecostal Christianity in China

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pp. 149-175

China has experienced a strong revival of Christianity in the last few decades of economic reform. Recent estimates of the Chinese Christian population range from 23 million to 60 million.1 Although the “Christianity fever” has swept across the country, there are clear regional variations in the pattern of church growth. ...

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6. The Routinization of Soviet Pentecostalism and the Liberation of Charisma in Russia and Ukraine

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pp. 176-193

The year 1989 was the first in which the promises of Gorbachev’s perestroika were fulfilled. A mere year after the millennial celebration of the “Baptism of Rus',” as the conversion to Christianity by Kiev’s Prince Vladimir is known, religious life in the Soviet Union had opened up in a way unseen since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, if even then. ...

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7. Pentecost amid Pujas: Charismatic Christianity and Dalit Women in Twenty-First-Century India

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pp. 194-222

Ernest George, pastor of the Garden City Assembly of God International Worship Centre, one of Bangalore’s fastest growing and wealthiest Pentecostal churches, sat at a large oak desk when we visited him in August 2010, with his brass nameplate and two books prominently perched near him: one by Joel Osteen and the other by Rick Warren. ...

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8. Politics, Education, and Civic Participation: Catholic Charismatic Modernities in the Philippines

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pp. 223-250

The Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai is among the most prominent of the renewalist movements in the Philippines, with followership estimates between 3 and 8 million worldwide, up to 7.5 percent of the domestic population.1 It is likely the largest Catholic charismatic group worldwide with a well-developed prosperity gospel. ...

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pp. 251-258

The completion of the project, the results of which are incorporated in this volume, gives me very great pleasure. I have been fascinated by Pentecostalism for many years (despite the fact that it has no personal attraction for me—it seems that I am incurably Lutheran). ...


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pp. 259-260


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pp. 261-270

E-ISBN-13: 9780253010940
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253010810

Page Count: 282
Publication Year: 2013