Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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

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): Bergunder, Michael
In a country shaped by many different religious traditions, Indian Christianity accounts for about 2 percent of the population. Nevertheless, in South India, where nearly two thirds of India’s Christians live, Christianity represents a relatively strong minority. Here, the portion of Pentecostalism is also relatively high with a growing trend. Though reliable statistics are not available, pentecostal churches and ministries gained a visible presence within the south Indian church landscape by th…
Date: 2019-12-20


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Author(s): Kristanto, Rony Chandra
The Pentecostal message had been received before the messengers arrived, since as early as 1909 when Spade Regen, a publication by Gerrit Polman, a prominent leader in Dutch Pentecostalism, had been distributed to Dutch speakers abroad including in the Dutch East Indies. The publication and subsequent contact with Polman seemed to have a significant influence on the Dutch speakers. Therefore, an ecumenical prayer group with a Pentecostal influence was started in 1911 in Temanggung, Central Java (van der Laan 2012).In September 1920, Polman published a request to send missi…
Date: 2019-12-20

International Pentecostal Holiness Church

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Author(s): Woods, Daniel
Three streams flowed together in the second decade of the twentieth century to form the Pentecostal Holiness Church (“International” was added to the name in 1975). The Fire-Baptized Holiness Church and the Pentecostal Holiness of North Carolina merged at Falcon, North Carolina in 1911, and the Tabernacle Pentecostal Church (formerly the Brewerton Presbyterian Church) joined four years later at Canon, Georgia. Each group had formed in the closing years of the nineteenth century as part of the bu…
Date: 2020-03-19

Inter-religious Relations

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Author(s): Richie, Tony
International globalization and the amazing growth of global Pentecostal movements frequently require Pentecostals today to engage with a wide variety of adherents of non-Christian religions. Such interaction is complex and multidimensional, including theological and relational dynamics between other Christians as well as with counterparts among non-Christian religious devotees. This article identifies significant terminology and trends, summarizes key features of the newly-developing discipline…
Date: 2020-01-13