Chapter

Introduction

Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, André Droogers and Cornelis van der Laan

in Studying Global Pentecostalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266612
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947504 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266612.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter addresses the issue of defining the field of global Pentecostalism and aims to summarize and stimulate multidisciplinary efforts and to explore examples of good research practice. It presents research motivated by a polemical theological interest in a phenomenon that meant competition to mainline churches with a focus on Pentecostalism's success. Pentecostalism has grown into a global religion, so the book has sought to offer a global perspective, making up for what is still lacking. Its intention is to cover as many angles as possible from which global Pentecostalism can be studied. An effort has been made to map the field, trace its boundaries, and describe the various landscapes it encompasses. It offers the opportunity for researchers to become acquainted with work in other disciplines and thus overcome a strict monodisciplinary perspective.

Keywords: global Pentecostalism; global religion; monodisciplinary perspective; mainline churches

Chapter.  4150 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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