Historical Approaches

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:
Historical Approaches

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This chapter compares methodological developments in general historical research with some interpretive approaches to Pentecostal history. Writing history is described as accurate research of relevant events and facts in order to arrive at coherent conclusions and interpretations concerning the past that will be of use for the present. Revivalist movements always arise in an historical context and as a rule are reactions against the status quo in church or society. This calls for a global study of the historical context, including its religious, social, and cultural life. Writing from a global perspective provides a helicopter view. It enables us to make comparative studies, but it should not cause us to neglect valuable local and national research. As a national history is founded in the local and regional history, so the global perspective must be founded on thorough national and continental studies.

Keywords: historical approaches; methodological developments; Pentecostal history; revivalist movements; cultural life

Chapter.  8535 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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