Pentecostalism in Global Perspective
This chapter uses the preceding empirical chapters in this volume to begin to key questions that were raised in various ways throughout the book: First, how are we to make sense of the varieties of Pentecostal experience and expression in the modern world? Second, what is fueling this diverse movement’s growth? And third, what are the implications of its growth not only for sociological theories about religion and its continued role in societies around the world. Further, the chapter raises new questions about the future of Pentecostalism, the role of religion in a globalized world, and the theoretical frameworks scholars and others use to understand these developments. In this the focus is on the distinctiveness of Pentecostal experience, the social, cultural and political context in which Pentecostals and charismatics operate, the movement’s empowering and entrepreneurial nature, and Pentecostals’ engagement with their societies. The chapter concludes with some broader observations about what the global growth of Pentecostalism might tell us about the place of religion in the world today.
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