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Spirit and PowerThe Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism$
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Donald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, and Richard Flory

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199920570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920570.001.0001

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Pentecostals and the New World Order in El Salvador

Pentecostals and the New World Order in El Salvador

Separating, Consuming, and Engaging

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Spirit and Power

Timothy H. Wadkins

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Salvadoran Pentecostalism is characteristically focused on the individual. If social development is thought about, it is usually understood as a by- product of church growth. As the numbers of spirit filled converts increase, so goes the argument, they will impact the social order by the quality of their lives and the persuasive power of their testimony. However, a growing number of Pentecostals are increasingly pessimistic about social reform via evangelism and conversion alone. In fact, numerous leaders are beginning to link the charismatic gifts of the spirit, especially healing, to a new paradigm for Pentecostal social engagement. Based on extensive ethnographic research among eight Pentecostal and Charismatic communities in El Salvador, this chapter explores the connections between Pentecostal spirituality and the possibility of social engagement and transformation, showing that numerous creative ministries have emerged which connect the work of the Spirit to social praxis—a type of Pentecostal theology of liberation.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism (and): El Salvador, Latin America, growth, social reform, social engagement, consumption, separation

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