Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity


In Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity Mark J. Cartledge provides a rich set of essays on key themes in Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Using empirical research methods drawn from the social sciences he interrogates his originally gathered data by means of theology and sociology. These studies address such issues as glossolalia, prophecy, spirituality, gender and the family, the doctrine of the Trinity, socialization, altruism and the practice of healing. Collectively they provide original insight into one of the most vibrant forms of Christianity today. Additionally, these studies model how empirical research in religion can be bought into conversation with theological discourse. The findings of this research can be used by scholars and students from different perspectives and disciplinary contexts.

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Biographical Note

Mark J. Cartledge, Ph.D. (University of Wales, UK), FRSA, is Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Center for Renewal Studies at Regent University, Virginia Beach, USA. He has published nine books and many articles and chapters in books.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Introduction 1 Charismatic Prophecy 2 Charismatic Women and Prophetic Activity 3 The Symbolism of Glossolalia 4 The Practice of Glossolalia 5 Empirical-Theological Models of the Trinity 6 God, Gender and Social Roles 7 Socialization and Empirical Studies 8 Family Socialization, Pentecostal Spirituality and Godly Love 9 Socialization and the Giving of Time and Money 10 Healing as an Expression of Godly Love References Index


Scholars, students and church leaders interested in contemporary Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, as well as anyone using empirical research methods in religion and theology, especially practical theology.