Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Executive Editor: Michael Wilkinson
Associate Editors: Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online (BEGP) provides a comprehensive overview of worldwide Pentecostalism from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It offers analysis at the level of specific countries and regions, historical figures, movements and organizations, and particular topics and themes. Pentecostal Studies draws upon areas of research such as anthropology, biblical studies, economics, gender studies, global studies, history, political science, sociology, theological studies, and other areas of related interest. The BEGP emphasizes this multi-disciplinary approach and includes scholarship from a range of disciplines, methods, and theoretical perspectives. Moreover, the BEGP is cross-cultural and transnational, including contributors from around the world to represent key insights on Pentecostalism from a range of countries and regions.

Providing summaries of the key literature, the BEGP will be the standard reference for Pentecostal Studies. All articles are fully text searchable and cross-referenced, with bibliographic information on scholarly work and recommendations for further reading.

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Author(s): Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti
All across the globe, Pentecostalism has come to display the most diverse set of ecclesiastical forms. They stretch from highly independent local-community driven movements (Scandinavia), to Presbyterian and Congregationalist-type denominations (Assemblies of God, USA), and to episcopally, with the office of bishop led “high-church” models (Black Pentecostals in the USA and a number of traditions in various global contexts). Particularly in the Global South, this diversification further continues and deepens.Factors such as passion for freedom, resistance to inst…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Agbiji, Obaji | Swoboda, A.J.
Ecology examines the interconnected and interdependent created world (human and non-human) as ecosystem. Viewed from philosophical, religious or ethical perspectives, “ecosystems principally lead to notions that emphasize the intrinsic value and interdependence of all living things and nature” (Bauckham 2005, 469–470). The engagement of Christian communities with ecological awareness has given rise to ecological theologies.“Ecotheologies” arose in the late twentieth century alongside a rising awareness for ecological crises. Christian ecotheology …
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Robeck, Cecil M.
This article offers an overview of Pentecostal participation in ecumenism around the world. The term “ecumenism” derives from the Greek word oἰkouméne, which since antiquity has referred to “the whole, inhabited world”, that is, the “household of creation”. Its modern usage refers primarily to work done to restore unity and renew the Church, the “household of God” (Eph. 2:19). Ecumenism begins at the spiritual level for all who are “in Christ” but it involves more than interdenominational cooperation. It includes th…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Crace, Benjamin
Situated in the northeast corner of the African continent, Egypt has undergone its fair share of geopolitical turmoil over the years. Despite the recent Arab Spring, its political and religious climate is still dominated by Islamic concerns and hegemony with little by way of actual freedom for dissidents.According to Christianity in North Africa-West Asia (2018), Egypt has one of the largest number of Christians in the MENA region. With a total population of 91,508,000 people, Egypt is one of the largest Arab countries. 7,673,000 individuals ident…
Date: 2021-07-16