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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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This chapter investigates the nature of education as provided by megachurches as institutions. It proceeds by sketching out the characteristics of congregational education in general terms before considering megachurch provision more specifically. In particular, the chapter explores the impact of Sunday worship and how beliefs and values are socialised through music, ritual and preaching, as well as the videos and branded material. It also considers the role that small groups play in very large churches and in especially different kinds of discipleship courses. The study also illustrates the ways in which megachurches demonstrate links to more formal educational practices.

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In: Handbook of Megachurches
In: Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
In: Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
In: Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
In: Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
In: Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
In: Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity