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An Introduction to Pentecostalism: Global Charismatic Christianity (Introduction to Religion) Paperback – July 19, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0521532808 ISBN-10: 0521532809

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Product Details

  • Series: Introduction to Religion
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521532809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521532808
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[T]he strength of this book is its breadth of purview...Recommended."
-D. Jacobsen, Messiah College, CHOICE

"Anderson's prose is clear, and his comment to the evidence informs the argument on every page. His is simply the best scholarly introduction to world Pentecostalism on the market today. Church leaders, specialists, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students in missiology and church history will benefit from this penetrating study."
-Peter A. Huff, Missiology

"Anderson's first-rate introduction provides an accomplished single source for Pentecostal studies and it surely will be a key text for many years."
-H. Chad Hillier, Wycliffe College, Toronto, Studies in Religion

"This is an outstanding book that I thoroughly enjoy[ed] reading. I believe that it provides a wonderful introduction to Pentecostalism, and all serious students of this particular arm of Christianity are encouraged to read it."
-Dave Johnson, Pneuma Review

Book Description

Pentecostalism is the fastest expanding religious movement in the world today. In an innovative approach, Allan Anderson aims to make more visible the 'non-western' nature of Pentecostalism without overlooking the importance of the movement emanating from North America. Concentrating on its history and theology, Anderson reflects on the movements' development and significance throughout the world. He explores those theological issues that helped form a distinctive spirituality and relates them to different peoples and their cultures. International and comprehensive, this book provides an important introduction to students of theology and religion.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Marko Kuhn on October 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
llan Anderson has provided a book for the study of religions and theology which is so far unmatched in the field of pentecostal studies. It gives a comprehensive and yet not too lengthy account of all the developments within world-wide Pentecostalism.

He has widely managed to do without the usual theological lingo, which means that one can read and understand what he talks about also without having undergone theological university courses.

Being a pentecostal Christian himself he is generally very positive towards the subject of the book and avoids polemics even when it comes to the gravest forms of extremist Pentecostalism. This does however not mean, that he is entirely uncritical. He points out some of the weaknesses like the wide-spread pentecostal silence to social issues and social action and points out ways how to overcome that by giving theological reasons.

The special emphasis - that puts this work ahead of other attempts to broadly cover the topic - is on the world wide spread and the different forms of Pentecostalism. He covers Korea and Asian churches as well as the Latin American pentecostal bushfire and places a special emphasis on Africa as well (having experience in South Africa and having seen the situation in places like Nigeria with his own eyes). Also the incredible spread of Charismatic Christianity, especially within the Catholic Church, is taken into account.

With this the author alerts the reader that the wide-spread notion that Pentecostals are primarily a US-American phenomenon is false. At the same time he does not omit the necessary historical background from the holiness movement via Asuza Street to the foundation of the Assemblies of God.

All in all it will be impossible from now on to write major works about pentecostal phenomena without having gone through Allan Andersons account of world-wide charismatic Christianity.
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By Queen Yancy on August 16, 2013
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This was a dynamic book in reference to the global outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the aspect concerning Pentecostalism.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joy on January 2, 2014
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This book was required for a class. I did not really like the book - It was really nothing new in it that I did not know from experience within Pentecostalism / charismatic movements but it was an effort by the author at intellectualizing the charismatic movemen---t which to me did not go over too well at all. In other words- he failed to make the charismatic movement intellectual to me- but I rated it pretty good because-- well-- - it is what it is.....
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paige on December 8, 2010
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I was expecting this book to explain the thought and reasoning behind the Pentecostal belief.

Instead, 302 pages reiterate the following:
- Pentecostals speak in tongues as a result of the "Baptism from the Holy Spirit."
- They believe Jesus is Savior, Healer, Baptizer, and Soon Coming King.
- Pentecostalism is based on a spiritual experience rather than an interpretation of the Biblical text.
- Anyone who has had a spiritual experience is credible to preach the gospel to others, where as other denominations are limited to the ordained (i.e. ministers and priests.)

Anderson did not delve any further into those three topics, but used examples of each from the US, Africa, and Europe.

Some interesting points that were mentioned but not elaborated on:
- Criticism that the Holy Spirit was being seen as a quick fix solution to human distress.
- Tension existing between academic integrity and spirituality, whereas "dead intellectualism stifles the Spirit-filled life."
- Pentecostal spirituality providing answers to existential problems throughout the world.
- How experience is an authentic source of divine revelation.
- How problems are resolved in faith through God.
- Why evangelistic outreach is the highest priority for Pentecostals.
- When Pentecostals are obsessed with ridding demonic spirits in combination with participating in right wing politics, this creates a dangerous situation.
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