Pentecostal Power

Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism


Editor: Calvin Smith
During the 1980s an explosion of Pentecostalism across Latin America attracted considerable attention among sociologists, political scientists and regional experts, eventually spreading to other academic disciplines. Indeed, ongoing spectacular growth and the social and political impact of the movement have strongly challenged secularization theory. Yet while studies exploring the phenomenon are plentiful, many limit their analysis to a single country, issue or the perspective of a particular discipline. Thus, this edited volume provides readers with a multidisciplinary and continent-wide treatment of the nature and effects of Latin American Pentecostalism (including a theological analysis, notably absent in most studies) by various experts with published work in the field, and as such represents an important contribution to the current literature.
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Biographical Note

Calvin L. Smith, Ph.D. (2005) in Theology, University of Birmingham, is Principal of King's Evangelical Divinity School, United Kingdom, and Editor of the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics. His publications include Revolution, Revival and Religious Conflict in Sandinista Nicaragua (Brill 2007).

Review Quote

" Pentecostal Power skilfully utilizes the work of scholars with solid credentials and expertise in their respective disciplines (...) At the least, the book is a solid work for those wishing to know more about the contemporary phenomenon of Pentecostalism's amazing journey in Latin America. " Tony Ritchie in The Pneuma Review "This volume makes an excellent contribution to Pentecostal studies. Its focus on the region of Latin America offers scholars a solid overview of the literature. Yet, it is not simply a review of previous research. The book moves the study of Latin American Pentecostalism forward by engaging the literature and offering further insight into important questions about origins, local context, social and political issues, and the relationship between Pentecostal theology, church, and society. I highly recommend this book to researchers of global Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity." Michael Wilkinson in Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity

Table of contents

Introduction: Latin American Pentecostalism and the academy Calvin L. Smith PART 1: HISTORY AND EXPRESSIONS OF LATIN AMERICAN PENTECOSTALISM Chapter 1 Redemption from below: Emergence of the Latin American popular Pentecostals Everett A. Wilson Chapter 2 Another way of being Pentecostal Juan Sepúlveda Chapter 3 Hispanic Pentecostals in the United Stated Carmelo Alvarez PART 2: THEORETICAL TREATMENTS AND POLITICAL IMPACT OF LATIN AMERICAN PENTECOSTALISM Chapter 4 Latin American Pentecostalism: The ideological battleground Bernice Martin Chapter 5 Interpretation of Latin American Pentecostalism: 1960s to the present Bernice Martin Chapter 6 Explaining Central American Pentecostalism within social inequality and conflict: On habitus-analysis as a clue to describe religious praxis Heinrich Schäfer Chapter 7 Evaluating prophetic radicalism: The nature of Pentecostal politics in Brazil PART 3: THEOLOGICAL ANALYSES OF LATIN AMERICAN PENTECOSTALISM Stephen Hunt Chapter 8: Pneumapraxis and eschatological urgency: A survey of Latin American Pentecostal theology and its outworking Calvin L. Smith Chapter 9 Pentecostalism’s theological reconstruction of the identity of the Latin American family Eloy H. Nolivos and Virginia Nolivos Chapter 10 Why the Devil is Satan so important in Chilean Pentecostalism? Martin Lindhardt Chapter 11 Roman Catholic–Pentecostal dialogue: Challenges and lessons for living together Cecil M. Robeck Jr. Concluding Remarks William K. Kay


All those interested in Pentecostalism and Pentecostal theology, Latin American studies (including history, society and politics), modern church history, church-state relations, religion and state, and Christianity and theology in general.