Pentecostalism and Globalization

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:
Pentecostalism and Globalization

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This chapter highlights a number of issues that are considered important in studying Pentecostalism as a global religion. Pentecostalism plays a central role in the rise and spread of imaginaries that are not confined to local or national settings but construe and make sense of the world at large and determine people's position and radius of mobility therein. Though very much aware of local specificities, Pentecostals have a sense of the world as a space that contains many unfamiliar territories. It is shaped by invisible principles that Pentecostals claim to uncover. Pentecostals share a view of the world as the site of a spiritual war between demonic forces and God. As this spiritual war affects every aspect of existence, it is found to operate in a person's body, in public spaces, and in institutions. All these locations are arenas for the struggle between opposite forces.

Keywords: Pentecostalism; globalization; spiritual war; existence; demonic forces

Chapter.  8908 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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