Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements

Arguments from the Margins


In Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Arguments from the Margins, Rocha, Hutchinson and Openshaw argue that Australia has made and still makes important contributions to how Pentecostal and charismatic Christianities have developed worldwide. This edited volume fills a critical gap in two important scholarly literatures. The first is the Australian literature on religion, in which the absence of the charismatic and Pentecostal element tends to reinforce now widely debunked notions of Australia as lacking the religious tendencies of old Europe. The second is the emerging transnational literature on Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. This book enriches our understanding not only of how these movements spread worldwide but also how they are indigenised and grow new shoots in very diverse contexts.

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Cristina Rocha, Ph.D. (2004), Western Sydney University, is Professor of Anthropology at that University. She has published on religion, migration and globalisation, including John of God: The Globalisation of Brazilian Faith Healing (OUP, 2017), Geertz Prize, American Anthropological Association.

Mark P. Hutchinson, PhD (1988), Alphacrucis College, is Professor of History and Dean of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the College. He is widely published in history of evangelicalism, globalization, Pentecostalism and higher education, including the History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions (OUP 2018).

Kathleen Openshaw, Ph.D. (2019), Western Sydney University. She is the Managing Editor of The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA) and a sessional staff member at WSU. She has published on Pentecostalism and migration from her Master’s Degree and PhD research.
  List of Figures and Tables
  Notes on Contributors

  Introduction: Australian Charismatic Movements as a Space of Flows
   Mark Hutchinson, Cristina Rocha and Kathleen Openshaw

Part 1: Situating Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Australia

1 Reframing Howard Carter: Alternative "Routes" for the Emergence of the Australasian Charismatic Renewal
   Mark P. Hutchinson
2 Australian Proto-Pentecostals: The Contribution of the Catholic Apostolic Church
   Peter Elliott

3 City, Portal and Hub: Brisbane and Catholic Charismatic Renewal
   John Maiden

4 Strong Church or Niche Market? The Demography of the Pentecostal Church in Australia
   Andrew Singleton

Part 2: Home-grown Australian PCM s

5 A Match Made in Heaven: Why Popular Music is Central to the Growth in Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities
   Daniel Thornton

6 Marketing and Branding Practices in Australian Pentecostal Suburban Megachurches for Supporting International Growth
   Mairead Shanahan

7 Andrew Evans: The Making of an Australian Pentecostal Politician
   Denise A. Austin

8 “The Work of the Spirit”: Hillsong Church and a Spiritual Formation for the Marketplace
   Tanya Riches

9 The Wacky, the Frightening and the Spectacular: Hearing God’s Voice in Australian Pentecostal Churches
   Tania Harris

Part 3: A Meeting between Pentecostalism from the Global South and North

10 “Living the Dream”: Post-Millennial Brazilians at Hillsong College
   Cristina Rocha

11 Extraordinary Sacrifice and Transnational Spiritual Capital in the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God
   Kathleen Openshaw

12 “The demon is growing with sins, but there are angels around”: Bundjalung Pentecostalism as Faith and Paradox
   Mahnaz Alimardanian

   Allan Anderson

This interdisciplinary book will appeal to scholars in religious studies, history, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, migration, globalisation, and media studies, and anyone concerned with Pentecostalism and Charismatic Christianities.
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