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  PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
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   ISSN (Print) 2041-3599 - ISSN (Online) 1871-7691
   Published by Equinox Publishing Homepage  [30 journals]
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Allan H. Anderson
      Pages: 5 - 8
      PubDate: 2014-11-09T14:00:18Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • Christ, Evil, and Suffering in Ghanaian Christian Liturgy
    • This paper examines the contextualization of the Jesus story by Ghanaian Christians. It approaches it through the analysis and evaluation of inherent ideas in their songs, sermons and practices that reflect their interpretation of the Christian experience in relation to primal religion and culture, and the Bible. The results show that Ghanaian Christians do not play down the ubiquity of evil in the world. Nonetheless, they see in Jesus Christ the incomparable, victorious Saviour who has made it possible for believers to overcome the evils of this world. Accordingly, they insist that in Christ believers can enjoy “full” and “complete” salvation in every area of life.2014-10-22T13:34:48Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • Continuity and Discontinuity: Pentecostalism and Cultural Change in a
           Liberian Refugee Camp in Ghana
    • This article explores the cultural change generated by Pentecostalism among Liberian refugees in Ghana, who fled from their nation’s civil wars to a refugee camp in Ghana’s Central Region. Anthropologists of religion have argued that Pentecostal conversions have in large parts become popular because they enable a “break with the past.” Liberian converts, as well, seek to distance themselves from a past that is mired in conflict. To this end, they connect to global Pentecostal networks in an attempt to overcome their marginal status. In so doing, many of them reject aspects of their past, which they associate with the Liberian civil wars, for example traditional belief systems, ethnic identity, and the Liberian gerontocracy. Yet, as the ethnographic examples illustrate, this “break with the past” is rarely complete. This study’s findings are related to debates on whether anthropology of religion should focus on “continuity” or “discontinuity” in exploring religious conversions. The author argues that the religious experiences of Liberians in exile can only be understood by paying attention to the interplay and tensions between continuity and discontinuity.2014-10-15T13:43:10Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • Institutional Explanations for the Decline of the Congregação
           Cristã no Brasil
    • For the first time since its inception, the Congregação Cristã no Brasil (CCB) has lost members – two hundred thousand members in the last decade – while other traditional Pentecostal churches’ membership continue to grow. Based on survey research data, this study explores the diverse views of church members and how institutional factors affect the growth of the church. Two opposing views among church members are identified: fundamentalism and progressivism. Besides providing empirical data, this work engages a wider debate on how the strict nature of the CCB leadership, based on a traditional authoritarian model, is unwilling to adapt to cultural and social changes, giving rise to discontent, tensions, and schisms.2014-10-15T13:27:13Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • Orality and Context in a Hermeneutical Key: Toward a
           Latina/o–Canadian Pentecostal Life-Narrative Hermeneutics
    • This paper shows that pentecostal hermeneutics (Latina/o–Canadian hermeneutics specifically), is fluid, dynamic, and participatory, and follows a narratival approach to the reading of the biblical text. Instead of perceiving the Bible as containing a foreign story, for pentecostals the Bible narrates their own journey of faith, as they seek communion with God. As an expression of the popular character of pentecostalism, this paper highlights the elements of orality, participation, experiential contextuality, and scriptural pneumatology as key hermeneutical principles in engaging the biblical text. I argue that for pentecostals reading the Bible is not a mere exercise, but rather it is a sacramental space of the Spirit by which people listen to the message of good news. Pentecostal hermeneutics can be better understood as a conversation with the text so as to tease out the divine voice and its relevance for Christian living. In order to show how these elements are interwoven, I will engage the Latina/o–Canadian pentecostalism, as a example of the complex and fluid character of pentecostal hermeneutics.2014-10-22T13:33:04Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement and Secularization
    • Advances in science and technology have relegated the space of religion in the society. Modern people have rightly challenged the traditional hegemony of religious institutions. However, challenging unjust practices within religious institutions must not systematically jeopardize the spiritual and ethical values, which the religions propose. Society should not sacrifice morality and values on the altar of science and progress. The Catholic Church held the Second Vatican Council (1962–5) with the aim of overall renewal and reformations within the church. It prepared the Church to read the signs of times. The beginning of the Charismatic Renewal in 1967 within the Catholic Church is a fruit of that effort. Surveys show that the Charismatic Movement had a phenomenal growth. In the year 2000, around 11.3 percent of the total global Catholic population was associated with Charismatic Movement.2 The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement (CCRM) seeks the grace of renewal to foster a deeper communion with God the Father, a total acceptance of the lordship of Jesus Christ and a perennial openness to the Holy Spirit. The CCRM is playing a vital role by infusing life and vigor to the Church, attracting youth to the Church, bringing hope to the overstressed people and help them discover the meaning of life in the midst of growing ennui and angst because of the rapture of the bubble economy and effects of secularization. The task of renewal of the whole Church is far from finished. It is a project in process. In this paper, we propose to trace the effects of this movement in the Catholic Church. We shall attempt to study, how best this movement can help in preserving the traditional religious values on the one hand and the progress of humanity on the other.2014-11-07T11:01:11Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • WARIBOKO, Nimi, The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New
           Spirit. Pentecostal Manifestos. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. xii +
           235pp. Pbk. ISBN: 9780802866974. $25.
    • Authors: Christopher A. Stephenson
      Pages: 140 - 141
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T12:36:28Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • ESPOSITO, Salvatore, Un secolo di pentecostalismo italiano: cenni sulle
           origine, le discussion parlementari, l’assetto contemporaneo delle
           Assemblee di Dio in Italia. Milan: The Writer Edizioni, 2013, xvi + 171pp.
           Pbk. ISBN: 9788897341468. €15.00.
    • Authors: Mark Hutchinson
      Pages: 142 - 143
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T12:37:20Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • DRØNEN, Tomas Sundnes, Pentecostalism, Globalisation, and Islam in
           Northern Cameroon: Megachurches in the Making? Studies of Religion in
           Africa 41. Leiden: Brill, 2013. x + 260pp. Hbk. ISBN: 9789004244894.
    • Authors: J.D.Y. Peel
      Pages: 144 - 145
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T12:38:04Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
  • YONG, Amos and Estrelda Y. ALEXANDER (eds), Afro-Pentecostalism: Black
           Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in History and Culture. New York:
           New York University Press, 2011. 271pp. Pbk. ISBN: 9780814797310. $30.
    • Authors: Afe Adogame
      Pages: 146 - 148
      PubDate: 2014-11-07T11:05:45Z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2014)
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