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Journal Cover PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 2041-3599 - ISSN (Online) 1871-7691
   Published by Equinox Publishing Homepage  [30 journals]
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Allan H. Anderson
      Pages: 157 - 159
      PubDate: 2017-10-05T16:49:58Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.34820
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • Between the Private and the Public Sphere: Pentecostals Dealing with
           Witchcraft in Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Since the 1980s, Pentecostalism has grown immensely in Nigeria. At the same time, witchcraft fears have intensified and stories about flying women, ritual murders and secret cults have been spread through the Nigerian media. Books allegedly written by former initiates of witchcraft are read by Pentecostals and non-Pentecostals alike. Witchcraft beliefs are cultivated in Pentecostal churches, and researchers credit much of their appeal to the fact that they take such beliefs seriously and address them publicly. This paper gives an example from the field by comparing two Pentecostal churches in urban southwestern Nigeria to discuss how and under which circumstances Pentecostals deal with witchcraft in a public or private manner. It concludes that Pentecostals appropriate global discourses when dealing with witchcraft and oscillate between the private and the public sphere in doing so.2017-10-05T16:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.32072
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • From an Encounter with God to a Life with God: Typology of Conversion in
           Russian Pentecostal Churches
    • This article suggests a typology of conversion to Pentecostalism in Russia, based on research among believers in the Russian Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District, Yugra, West Siberia. The typology of religious conversion is based on the analysis of the motives and causes that led the believers to God. The authors identify four types of conversion: socially induced, induced by a religious crisis, induced by a life crisis, and induced by an existential crisis. The socially induced conversion includes a family sub-type, while a rehabilitation sub-type is identified within the conversion induced by a life crisis. The results obtained demonstrate that the reasons for religious conversion in contemporary Russia are, to some extent, rooted in such social problems as addiction to drugs and alcohol, which people seek to abandon in a church. In addition, the authors give a brief overview of the history of the Pentecostal communities in the region under consideration and of their social and demographic characteristics.2017-10-05T16:12:30Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.33489
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • Pentecostalism, Open Economic Policy and Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in
           Sri Lanka
    • With the introduction of the open economic policy, Sri Lanka became closely connected with the global economy bringing about considerable difficulties to its people. In addition, with the disintegration of the rural community and the dysfunction of family, traditional social and religious systems could not efficiently cope with the growing needs of Buddhists. Under these circumstances, the Pentecostal churches attracted more and more people. Moreover, open economic policy brought about an asymmetrical relationship with the West. With the rapid rise of foreign aid and NGOs, a large number of Sri Lankans came to feel that they were increasingly dependent on the decisions made outside Sri Lanka. As a result, the deep-seated fear that Sinhala Buddhists had of losing their majority status re-emerged. Some activities of Christian NGOs with rather ample foreign funds were misidentified, intentionally or unintentionally under these circumstances, with the general evangelical works of Pentecostals. A discourse of “unethical conversion” was circulated, by which the Sinhala Buddhist nationalists succeeded in inciting the mobs and gaining tacit support from the government and the masses.2017-10-05T16:13:34Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.31947
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • Pentecostalism as Cultural Resistance: Music and Tongue-speaking as
           Collective Response in a Brooklyn Church
    • Based on ethnographic research in an Afro-Caribbean Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn, this article focuses on Pentecostal music and tongue-speaking as a form of cultural resistance. At least in urban settings, Pentecostalism is a creative cultural response to collectively experienced structural problems. Scholars have demonstrated the institutional challenges for Pentecostalism including its moderating effect on tongue-speaking. This article explores how one congregation maintains vitality through the practice of speaking in tongues, music, and prayer, as a type of spiritual capital. Spiritual capital explains how Pentecostalism provides a unique form of power for members to show their own agency and resistance to institutionalization as well as structural subordination. This analysis provides a framework for understanding music, charisma, and religious vitality in a Pentecostal congregation and its relationship with the larger cultural context.2017-10-05T16:13:01Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.32822
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • BAUMANN, Chad, Pentecostals, Proselytisation, and Anti-Christian Violence
           in Contemporary India. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 208pp. ISBN
    • Reviewed by: Savio Abreu, Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Goa, India. Email: savioasj@gmail.com2017-10-06T20:42:27Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.34837
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • COLEMAN, Simon, HACKETT, Rosalind I. J. (eds), The Anthropology of Global
           Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism. New York: New York University Press.
           2015. 268pp. ISBN 9780814772607
    • Reviewed by: Natalia Zawiejska, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. Email: natalia.zawiejska@gmail.com2017-10-06T20:47:20Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.34838
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • NOEL, Bradley Truman, Pentecostalism, Secularism, and Post Christendom.
           Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015. 292 pp. ISBN: 9781498229364
    • Reviewed by: Wonsuk Ma, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, USA. Email: wma@oru.edu2017-10-06T20:37:58Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.34836
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • QUAYESI-AMAKYE, Joseph, Christology and Evil in Ghana: Towards a
           Pentecostal Public Theology. Amsterdam: Ropodi. 2013. 364pp. ISBN:
    • Reviewed by: Confidence Worlanyo Bansah, Department of Religion and Human Values, Faculty of Arts, College of Humanities and Legal Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Email:
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.34840
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
  • VAN DE KAMP, Linda, Violent Conversion: Brazilian Pentecostalism and Urban
           Women in Mozambique. Woodbridge: James Currey, 2016. 236pp. ISBN:
    • Reviewed by: Devaka Premawardhana, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. Email: dpremawardhana@coloradocollege.edu2017-10-06T20:51:33Z
      DOI: 10.1558/ptcs.34839
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2017)
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