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PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 2041-3599 - ISSN (Online) 1871-7691
     Published by Equinox Publishing Homepage  [26 journals]
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Allan H. Anderson
      Pages: 5 - 8
      PubDate: 2013-11-12T11:46:15Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • Pentecostalization, Politics, and Religious Change in Guatemala: New
           Approaches to Old Questions
    • Reflecting on survey data on religion and politics collected in Guatemala in the 1990s, this article argues that broad claims about the links between Pentecostalism, politics, and development are over-stated. A focus on Pentecostalized religion offers more nuanced findings by highlighting the religious beliefs, practices, doctrines, and discourses that are the most salient factors impacting political, social, and economic outcomes. Pentecostalized religion in Guatemala has identifiable tendencies, but it is not the same everywhere and it can have fundamentally different and even contradictory trajectories even within the same context (i.e. patriarchy/gender equality, civil society/uncivil society, economic mobility/levelling mechanism). Furthermore, as a conversionist religion, Pentecostalism presents social scientists with a moving target, as we attempt to interpret the impact of ongoing religious changes. The impact of these religious changes is less likely to be measurable at the level of politics and society than it is in the day-to-day lives of converts. Pentecostalized religion is certainly political in the sense of mobilizing opinions and impacting discourse, but its impact is not easily characterized in sweeping terms as good (or bad) for democracy or development in the context of Latin America.2013-10-28T12:16:17Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • Pentecostal Power: The Politics of Divine Healing Practices
    • This article interprets pentecostal divine healing practices as a strategy for mobilizing spiritual power, and as a complement to or replacement for political power. Although sometimes engaging in political activism to remedy the causes and symptoms of social and physical ills, pentecostals often privilege spiritual approaches to addressing ailments that are envisioned as ultimately spiritual in causation, and hence uniquely ameliorated by spiritual means. Divine healing practices—which invoke supernatural power to move the material world—sometimes function as an alternative to political, medical, or economic power. This is particularly the case for many two-thirds-world pentecostals who are relatively poor, uneducated, socially disenfranchised, and predominantly female. Pentecostalism has exhibited exponential growth because many people perceive pentecostal healing practices as embodying divine love and divine power. This article explains the appeal of pentecostalism to politically disempowered individuals and communities, and women in particular, considers both the empowering and oppressive potential of healing practices, and contemplates other possibilities if pentecostals do not offer spiritual avenues to empowerment.2013-10-15T10:01:43Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • A Megachurch in a Megacity: A Study of Cyberspace Representation
    • This study brings together three fields of enquiry for the first time, namely megachurch studies, cyber-religion and Pentecostal and Charismatic studies. It is a study of the online self-representation of the largest Pentecostal church in Europe, Kingsway International Christian Centre, which attracts approximately 15,000 different regular attendees for worship over the course of each month. The focus of the study is how the church represents itself through the medium of the internet, its theology and culture as expressed in cyberspace. Analysis of the website material indicates that the church advocates a narrative of self betterment, based on the Christian message, which differs somewhat from so-called “prosperity” preaching in that it prioritizes personal divine empowerment as the key to unlocking spiritual and material blessings. Indeed, the church advocates empowerment for life in general not just a form of spiritual fulfilment. This is a narrative that clearly appeals to young professional West Africans living in London and southeast England, who are most prominently modelled via the website as those experiencing the blessings. The website presents the church’s senior pastor, Matthew Ashimolowo, through both graphical and textual representation as an anointed leader who encourages the faithful members of the church to “live bigger” and receive the blessings that come from such divine empowerment.2013-08-28T13:56:17Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • Countering Exorcistic Excess in Russia: A Comparison between Russian
           Pentecostal and Russian Orthodox Teaching on Demons and Deliverance
    • This study compares statements by Russian Pentecostal and Orthodox leaders about demons, curses and exorcism, and their attempts at allaying people’s fears. In both denominations there are widely differing views about how great a threat demons are and on how one is to be set free from them. The study suggests that two competing metaphors have been used when speaking of freeing people from evil spirits, the medical and the military metaphors. The medical metaphor associates evil spirits and diseases, and connects deliverance from evil spirits with healing in general, while in the military metaphor evil spirits are seen as agents of Satan. Members of the top leadership in both the Russian Orthodox Church and in Russia’s leading Pentecostal denomination (the Russian Church of Christians of the Evangelical Faith) tend toward the medical model of exorcism. They see their exorcistic ministries more as a healing ministry. While they warn their followers about engaging in the occult, they try to downplay the dualism inherent in spiritual warfare language, as it encourages division within the church and may lead to increased fear on the part of the parishioners.2013-10-31T14:34:01Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • To Live the Biblical Narratives: Pentecostal Autobiographies and the
           Baptism in the Spirit
    • When early Pentecostal leaders tried to understand certain religious experiences they referred to the narratives of Acts. Yet the narratives of these leaders came also to function as interpretations of the biblical narratives. In this process narrative patterns were shaped that have been important, yet also problematic, to Pentecostalism. In this essay two such features are discussed: Spirit baptism as a moment of crisis that leads to a passage from one level in the life of a Christian to a new and higher level, and the traits that should characterize the experience and confirm that it really is a baptism in the Spirit.2013-08-28T13:57:26Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • Haustein, Jörg, Writing Religious History: The Historiography of
           Ethiopian Pentecostalism. Studies in the History of Christianity in the
           Non-Western World, no. 17. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2011. 295pp.
           Pbk. ISBN:9783447065283. €38.
    • Authors: Jan-Åke Alvarsson
      Pages: 128 - 131
      PubDate: 2013-10-31T14:07:36Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • Lim, Francis Khek Gee (ed.), Christianity in Contemporary China:
           Sociocultural Perspectives. Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and
           Philosophy, no. 5. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013. xiii+265p: Hbk.
           ISBN:9780415528467. £85.
    • Authors: Allan H. Anderson
      Pages: 132 - 134
      PubDate: 2013-10-31T14:09:34Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • Richie, T., Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious
           Dialogue. Asbury Theological Seminar Series in World Christian
           Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies no 6.
           Lexington, KY: Emeth Press ISBN: 97816094701442
    • Richie, Tony, Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue. Asbury Theological Seminar Series in World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, no. 6. Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2011. Pbk. ISBN: 97816094701442. $35.75.2013-10-31T14:10:41Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • Onyinah, Opoku, Pentecostal Exorcism: Witchcraft and Demonology in Ghana.
           Blandford Forum: Deo Publishing, 2012. 370pp. Pbk. ISBN: 9781905679065.
    • Authors: Pino Schirripa
      Pages: 138 - 139
      PubDate: 2013-10-31T14:11:51Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
  • Freeman, Dena (ed.), Pentecostalism and Development: Churches, NGOs and
           Social Change in Africa. Non-Governmental Public Action series.
           Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 235pp. Hbk. ISBN:9781137017246.
    • Authors: Claudia Währisch-Oblau
      Pages: 140 - 142
      PubDate: 2013-10-31T14:12:59Z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)
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