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This paper takes a key figure in the Australian and New Zealand Charismatic movements, Howard Carter, and contrasts the treatment he receives in various literatures with the alternative back stories in which his life is embedded. The paper then relocates Carter in four key contexts which illustrate larger trends within the Charismatic renewal: family heritage, his New Zealand contexts, the divisions within global evangelical Christianity from World War I onwards, and the relatively unexplored engagement of charismatic movements with Australasian indigenous peoples (Maori/Pasifika, the role of the Oceanian islands, and Australian aboriginal peoples). The paper concludes that the absence of these contexts, and the prosopography that they produce, facilitates the tendency of broader scholarly endeavours to read Carter anachronistically, and to construct sometimes inappropriate interpretations of both his life and the public functions of the broader charismatic renewal. It calls for closer attention to the roles of modernity, indigenization, and globalisation in understanding the Charismatic Renewal as a congeries of mobile, fissile transnational identities.

In: Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
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.
In: Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
In Transatlantic Charismatic Renewal, c.1950-2000, Andrew Atherstone, Mark Hutchinson and John Maiden bring together leading researchers to examine one of the globally most important religious movements of the twentieth century. Variously referred to as the charismatic ‘renewal’ or ‘revival’, it was a key Christian response to globalization, modernity and secularization. Unlike other accounts (which focus either on denominational pentecostalism or charismatic phenomena outside the West), this volume describes transatlantic Christianity drawing deeply on its pneumatic roots to bring about renewal. New research in archives and overlooked journals illuminate key figures from David du Plessis to John Wimber, providing insights which challenge the standard interpretations of the charismatic movement’s origins and influence.