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Waiting for AntichristCharisma and Apocalypse in a Pentecostal Church$
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Damian Thompson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178564.001.0001

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Kensington Temple

Kensington Temple

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Waiting for Antichrist

Damian Thompson

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces Kensington Temple and its senior pastor, Colin Dye. It shows how the life of the congregation reflects the religious trends discussed in chapters 2 and 3, such as the increasing role of consumer choice in the everyday spirituality of born-again Christians. Kensington Temple also reproduces the conflicting demands of high- and low-tension religion. The second half of the chapter shows how Dye and his flock attempt to reconcile these demands by engaging in the rational management of charisma.

Keywords:   Kensington Temple, Colin Dye, congregation, charisma

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