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The epilogue by leading scholar of global Pentecostalism, Allan Anderson, locates the themes explored in the book within the larger literature on the subject. Anderson notes that Australia is both reflective of, and an active contributor to, global trends and the emergence of a century-long swing of Christianity towards the global south. Methodologically, he points out that generalizing theories about the growth and future of religion often fail to capture the theological and experiential drivers of movements such as PCCs, in which personal, heart-felt experience of God through the Spirit offered to all people without preconditions, enable them to be “powerful” and assertive in societies where they have been marginalised. Marginalized people are offered solutions to their felt needs in all their varieties, in ways which will continue to draw people to pentecostal churches. The case studies and theoretical explorations in this volume thus provide important contributions to the broader literature.

In: Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
In: Journal of Religion in Africa

Abstract

The epilogue by leading scholar of global Pentecostalism, Allan Anderson, locates the themes explored in the book within the larger literature on the subject. Anderson notes that Australia is both reflective of, and an active contributor to, global trends and the emergence of a century-long swing of Christianity towards the global south. Methodologically, he points out that generalizing theories about the growth and future of religion often fail to capture the theological and experiential drivers of movements such as PCCs, in which personal, heart-felt experience of God through the Spirit offered to all people without preconditions, enable them to be “powerful” and assertive in societies where they have been marginalised. Marginalized people are offered solutions to their felt needs in all their varieties, in ways which will continue to draw people to pentecostal churches. The case studies and theoretical explorations in this volume thus provide important contributions to the broader literature.

In: Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements