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The Rise of Network ChristianityHow Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape$
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Brad Christerson and Richard Flory

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190635671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190635671.001.0001

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The Rise of “Independent Network Charismatic” Christianity

The Rise of “Independent Network Charismatic” Christianity

(p.1) Chapter One The Rise of “Independent Network Charismatic” Christianity
The Rise of Network Christianity

Brad Christerson

Richard Flory

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates the rapid growth of Independent Network Charismatic (INC) Christianity since 1970. It also draws on statistics to show the changing religious landscape of America since 1970, including the decline of denominational Christianity, evangelical and Catholic Christianity, and the rise of independent and Charismatic Christianity. The chapter also defines the terms we use to describe various Christian groups and introduces the religious economies framework with which we theorize the expansion of INC Christianity. We describe the macrostructural social changes that have taken place since 1970 that we claim have led to mesostructural changes in the religious marketplace that provide the social context for the rapid growth of INC Christianity.

Keywords:   charismatic, Christianity, globalization, pluralism, digital revolution, religion, America

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