Are Chinese Christians Pentecostal? A Catholic Reading of Pentecostal Influence on Chinese Christians

In: Global Chinese Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
Author: Michel Chambon

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This chapter examines the Pentecostalization of Chinese Christianity in the context of the broader religious landscape. Presenting both a case study of a Three-Self church and an overview of the Catholic Church in China, it compares how the two main Christian traditions, Protestantism and Catholicism, have reacted to Pentecostal changes. Rather than just a foreign importation or a particular variety of Christianity, Pentecostalism appears to be a tool that Chinese churches use to foster networking among Christian communities, in response to recent socioreligious changes driven by local and global factors alike. For the most part, this function of Pentecostalism remains specific to China, where in the case of both Catholicism and Protestantism, Pentecostal influence has not led to the creation of a separate denomination or religious movement but remains extremely diffused throughout the entire Christian network.

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