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The Pentecostals <i>Ultimate Conservative Christians</i>

in The Truth about Conservative Christians

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226306629
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306759 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226306759.003.0011
The Pentecostals Ultimate Conservative Christians

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There are many different varieties of Conservative Christians, some of them often locked in combat with others. Perhaps the largest of the subgroups are the Pentecostals whose distinguishing characteristic is their emphasis on direct contact with the Holy Spirit and resulting glossolalia—speaking in tongues often in a state of trance or quasi trance. This chapter examines whether the charismatic experience itself or the greater belief in the Bible among the Pentecostals—or perhaps some combination thereof—will explain why the Pentecostals seem to be the super-Conservative Christians.

Keywords: Conservative Christians; Pentecostals; Holy Spirit; glossolalia; Bible; religious beliefs

Chapter.  3267 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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