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“Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand American Pentecostalism. Poloma and Green have succeeded in crafting a readable, and indeed enjoyable, narrative that is at the same time precise in its insights, being grounded as it is in a rich array of survey and interview data. Novice and expert alike can learn what Assemblies of God pastors and congregants believe as well as what they actually do or do not do to act on their beliefs.”
-Candy Gunther Brown,author of The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789‒1880
“An insightful, empirically based analysis of how the Assemblies of God denomination is changing in response to modernity. This multimethod book, based on both surveys and field research, contributes to a growing sociological literature on Pentecostalism.”
-Donald E. Miller,Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
“Poloma and Green have rendered a rich and compelling portrait of a complex faith. They probe the countervailing forces that characterize this vibrant denomination, examining how the priestly and the prophetic are intermingled, and how traditional religious orientations are melded with evangelical impulses. Those wishing to understand current developments in the Assemblies of God, and in American Pentecostalism at large, owe it to themselves to read this volume with care. Poloma and Green have their finger on the pulse of a rapidly changing facet of American religion.”
-John P. Bartkowski,author of The Promise Keepers: Servants, Soldiers, and Godly Men
Margaret M. Poloma is Professor Emeritus at the University of Akron. She is the author of many books, including Main Street Mystics,and (with Ralph W. Hood, Jr.) Blood and Fire: Godly Love in a Pentecostal Emerging Church (NYU Press, 2008).
John C. Green is distinguished professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Akron. He is the author of The Faith Factor: How Religion Influences the Vote, among other works.