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Learning from the Master: Carlos Annacondia and the Standardization of Pentecostal Practices in and beyond Argentina

Matthew Marostica

in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195393408
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894390 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393408.003.0011
Learning from the Master: Carlos Annacondia and the Standardization of Pentecostal Practices in and beyond Argentina

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Divine healing and liberación (liberation or deliverance) became the primary tool for evangelization and church growth in Pentecostal and evangelical Protestant churches in Argentina between 1985 and 1990. Key leaders are Carlos Annacondia, Omar Cabrera, Hector Giménez, and Claudio Freidzon. Pentecostal missionaries who founded churches in Argentina since the 1940s did not promote healing. Annacondia supplanted the old missionary gospel with a new, culturally resonant repertoire of practices appropriate to the Argentine popular sector. Divine healing, by providing an alternative to visiting expensive curanderos (traditional healers), was a primary attraction. Evangelicals united behind Annacondia’s crusades and imitated his pentecostal methods and style of casting out demons, divine healing, testimonies, and popular music. Freidzon’s “new anointing” brought pentecostal practices to sectors of the historically Protestant churches that had previously not participated in the movement. The ecumenical Charismatic movement may further break down barriers between Protestants and Catholics.

Keywords: Argentina; liberación; deliverance; evangelization; church growth; missionary gospel; curanderos; traditional healers; evangelicals; music; new anointing; ecumenical

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Subjects: East Asian Religions

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