Global Pentecostalism in the 21st Century
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
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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. The project was directed by one of CURA’s earliest international partners, David Martin, a sociologist of reli-...
INTRODUCTION The Unexpected Modern—Gender, Piety, and Politics in the Global Pentecostal Surge
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It is by now a commonplace in sociology, anthropology, and comparative religious studies to observe that Pentecostalism is the fastest growing reli-gious 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 and charismatic Christians may ...
ONE Pentecostalism: An Alternative Form of Modernity and Modernization?
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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 explo-sion of fervor among a global concourse of people led by a black preacher in ...
TWO The Future of Pentecostalism in Brazil: The Limits to Growth
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Brazil can claim to be the world capital of Pentecostalism. It has about 25 million members, nearly one in seven of the population, comprising numer-ous small denominations but also some huge and highly influential ones. It has high-profile Pentecostal televangelists and members of congress; indeed, the third-placed candidate in the 2010 presidential election, with almost 20 ...
THREE Social Mobility and Politics in African Pentecostal Modernity
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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 move-ment’s relation to social, economic, and political change. Peter Berger con-tends that Evangelicalism is “the most modern religious community in the contemporary world” because it is a movement constituted by choice: “The ...
FOUR Tensions and Trends in Pentecostal Gender and Family Relations
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Interviewer: What’s changed in your relationship since conversion?C: Changes happened slowly because we didn’t know how to live as a couple according to the plan of God. We used to live like partners in a business, nothing of that thing of wife and husband. . . . C: They support us a lot. Courses on the internal healing of the ...
FIVE Gender, Modernity, and Pentecostal Christianity in China
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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. These variations are further compounded by the dif-...
SIX The Routinization of Soviet Pentecostalism and the Liberation of Charisma in Russia and Ukraine
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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. It was in this exhilarating envi-...
SEVEN Pentecost amid Pujas: Charismatic Christianity and Dalit Women in Twenty-First-Century India
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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. Pastor George’s church boasts a ...
EIGHT Politics, Education, and Civic Participation: Catholic Charismatic Modernities in the Philippines
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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 pop-ulation.1 It is likely the largest Catholic charismatic group worldwide with a well-developed prosperity gospel. In 2011 WikiLeaks released a 2005 cable ...
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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). I first stumbled across the phenome-non when I was doing fieldwork for my master’s thesis about religion among ...
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Publication Year: 2013