To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth : Pentecostalism and the Transformation of World Christianity

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The growth of Christianity in the global South is one of the most important religious stories of the last decade. In no branch of Christianity has that growth been more rapid than Pentecostalism. There are over 100 million Pentecostals in Africa, and Pentecostal practices infuse Catholic, Anglican, and Independent churches. In the traditional Catholic stronghold of Latin America, Pentecostalism now vies with Catholicism for the soul of the continent. And the largest Pentecostsal church in the world, with over 800,000 members, is in Seoul. In To the Ends of the Earth, Allan Anderson offers a historical and theological examination of the growth of global Pentecostalism. Examining such issues as revivalism, healing, gender, worship, and globalization, Anderson seeks to show how the growth of global Pentecostalism is changing the face of Christianity as a whole.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195386426
  • 9780195386424
  • 428,181

Table of contents

Abbreviations ; Introducing the Oxford Series ; Introduction ; Chapter One: Revivalist Precedents ; Chapter Two: Origins and Organization ; Chapter Three: Mission and Migration ; Chapter Four: Women and Family ; Chapter Five: The Bible and Community ; Chapter Six: The Full Gospel ; Chapter Seven: Transformation and Independence ; Chapter Eight: Charisma and Faith ; Conclusions ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
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the book gives an overview, a sense of connected spiritual endeavour in multiple locations and through multiple agencies. The reader is well served by Anderson's careful and original research. * William K. Kay, Theology * An intriguing, well-documented, and thoroughly researched book... In this highly readable, flowing narrative, Anderson's writing is engaging and insightful... lively and lucid. * CHOICE * Given the importance of Pentecostal and charismatic forms of faith in Christian expansion worldwide, Anderson s book is valuable and timely. He integrates historical and theological discussion into a remarkably concise account with an impressive global sweep and is properly critical of his subject where appropriate. * The Christian Century * Worldwide, Pentecostal Christianity may be the greatest success story of the past century, and the movement continues to grow mightily in numbers. How very valuable, then, to have such an ambitious and user-friendly guide to this global expansion, written by one of the greatest scholars of the phenomenon. To the Ends of the Earth is a really excellent book, which somehow manages to remain judicious and critical in the face of the amazing spiritual explosion it
depicts. * Philip Jenkins, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University * As it encourages readers towards a global perspective, the book will benefit several audiences.... To the Ends of the Earth could serve as a text for either undergraduate or graduate courses on global Pentecostal history or theology. * Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry * Numerous books have addressed the subject of global pentecostal growth in recent years. Allan Anderson's is uniquely valuable because it manages, in a concise and easily readable narrative, to trace a truly global history of pentecostalism's origins, characteristic features, and local variations . To the Ends of the Earth will interest a wide variety of readers including instructors and students (undergraduate as well as graduate) in courses on world religions,
introductions to Christianity, and globalization. Overall, this is an excellent volume that should be of great use to many readers who want to understand the causes and implications of pentecostalism's global expansion. * Journal of Religion *
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About Allan Heaton Anderson

Allan Heaton Anderson is Professor of Global Pentecostal Studies and Director of the Graduate Institute for Theology & Religion at the University of Birmingham.
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