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RELI1029

Global Pentecostalism

Global Pentecostalism
In this course we will explore developments in contemporary Pentecostal and charismatic movements, rapidly growing forms of global Christianity that emphasize direct personal experience with God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit and “speaking in tongues.” We will begin with an exploration of the central beliefs and practices in Pentecostalism, its modern origins in the Azuza Street Revival, and racial tensions among the early “classical denominations” of North America. Then we will turn our attention to the global spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century, examining its cultural and ethnic variations in South America, Africa, and China. Finally, we will consider how these diverse global movements and neo-charismatic mega churches (especially their use of the media and endorsement of prosperity theology) are re-shaping the face of traditional Christianity.
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP NOR PHL WTR

Sections

Winter 2015

RELI1029A-W15 Lecture (Gebarowski-Shafer)

Winter 2013

RELI1029A-W13 Lecture (Gebarowski-Shafer)