The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century

The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century

The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century

The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century

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It has been more than a quarter of a century since this book first appeared under the title The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States. For more than twenty-four years, after first being published in 1971, it remained in print without revision. At long last I have revised, enlarged, and renamed the book in an attempt to account for the incredible changes that have occurred in the worldwide church since the book first appeared. The new title, The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century, was chosen with much care. Instead of the word "movement" I have chosen to substitute the word "tradition." This is because I believe that Pentecostalism has grown beyond a mere passing movement to become a major tradition of Christianity. This word is being used despite the fact that most Pentecostals have disdained the word "tradition" as belonging to the older and colder "established" churches, which did not understand the moving power of the Holy Spirit.

In fact, when I did my first research on Pentecostalism around 1965, there were barely 50,000,000 Pentecostals in the world. Now, as this revision appears, that number has grown to encompass some 217,000,000 "denominational Pentecostals" around the globe. Added to this are the millions of "Charismatics" and "Third Wavers" in the mainline churches who were inspired by the Pentecostals. All together, the aggregate number of Pentecostals/charismatic in the world numbered some 463,000,000 in 1995. As the second largest family of Christians in the world after the . . .

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