Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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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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Allen, A.A.

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Author(s): Isgrigg, Daniel D.
Asa Alonzo Allen (1911–1970) was born in Sulphur Rock, Arkansas to impoverished parents who were subsistence farmers. After his father died from alcoholism during his teen years, Allen and his mother moved to Missouri. Allen was always hardworking, but because of his gregarious and entertaining personality, he developed the reputation for his excessive drinking and revelry. However, one day he wandered into a Methodist Church in Miller, Missouri, where he heard the gospel preached by evangelist Nina Depriest and came forward to receive Christ. From that point, Allen was…
Date: 2021-07-16


(860 words)

Author(s): Hunt, Stephen J.
The Alpha course has frequently been described as the most widely used Christian evangelising program of recent decades. This is not without good reason considering its application in thousands of churches worldwide. Alpha is noteworthy because the course exemplifies state-of-the art church growth philosophies and the way that it engages with contemporary culture—not least of all the application of business techniques in spreading the gospel message. It is also striking because of the elements of Pentecostal/Charismatic theology and praxis that is central to the program. Alpha h…
Date: 2021-07-16

Anglican Renewal Ministries

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Author(s): Reed, David
Anglican Renewal Ministries Canada is an independently incorporated, non-profit registered organization within the Anglican Church of Canada. Its primary purpose is to promote the movement of spiritual renewal within the Church, primarily the Anglican Church, but also other Christian traditions by invitation. It is rooted in the Charismatic Renewal of the last half of the twentieth century, beginning in the historic mainline Protestant and Catholic churches, and preceded by the earlier Pentecost…
Date: 2021-07-16


(1,214 words)

Author(s): Zawiejska, Natalia
The appearance of Pentecostalism in Angola could be traced back to the 1930s; however, its early reception and later development faced many challenges. The current character and position of Pentecostalism in Angola is firmly embedded in the historical and political context, but it is also mediated by multiple geographical and theological connections.The hegemony of the Roman Catholic Church, introduced in Angola’s territory together with Portuguese political domination (1482), was an important factor determining the beginnings of the Pentecostal…
Date: 2021-07-16

Anim, Peter

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Author(s): Donkor, Lord Elorm
Peter Newman Anim is known as the father of Classical Pentecostalism in Ghana. He was born to Simon Appiagyei and Hannah Lartebea on February 4, 1890 in Anum Bosso in the Volta region of Ghana. Anim attended the Boso Basel Mission School and the Anum Basel Mission School where he graduated in 1908. He worked briefly as a carpentry apprentice in his brother’s workshop in Amanokrom in 1911. Then in the same year he became a weighing clerk at the Basel Mission’s factory in Pakro, but only for one year due to s…
Date: 2021-07-16

Annacondia, Carlos

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Author(s): Saracco, Norberto
Carlos Annacondia was born in Argentina on March 12, 1944. He was a successful businessman when he had his conversion experience on May 19, 1979. His parents of Catholic tradition had begun attending a small evangelical church of the Free Brethren in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. The pastor of this church, Jorge Gomelsky, came from an anti-Pentecostal tradition, but in those days, he had been impacted by the message of Puerto Rican evangelist Yiye Avila (Saracco 1989). In this condition he was willing to support an evangelistic campaign led by Pan…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Van Wyk, Ilana
At the inception of modern anthropology in the 1920s, anthropologists studied small, bounded communities on the margins of the world’s political and economic centres. Since they treated local forms of religion as integral to the functioning of supposedly unchanging indigenous cultures, many early anthropologists either ignored missionaries, preachers and Christian conversion or described their corruptive influence. By the 1950s, anthropologists working in rapidly changing colonial contexts started de…
Date: 2021-07-16