Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Booming Pentecostalism

Okay, this is a partial interview (unless you have a membership to Books & Culture), but it's still pretty cool, from Donald E. Miller, Firestone Professor of Religion at USC:

". . . (I was) wanting to try to explain why Pentecostalism is the fastest growing religious movement in the world. That was based on what I felt were extremely authentic individuals that we were encountering—not just clergy, but hundreds of lay persons as well. And seeing how the lives of individuals were being transformed, not just religiously, but economically, physically. I think that one thing that continually impressed me was the vision of Pentecostals—and that they were often able to go against all odds to realize these visions. To see that this was not hype; these were people who were putting their own lives on the line, who were getting their hands dirty in the slums of Cairo or in the townships of South Africa."

It also provides a cool link to the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative.

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