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): Asamoah-Gyadu, J. Kwabena
Pentecostalism, as a movement associated with the experience and manifestation of the Holy Spirit, has been an important stream of Christianity in Ghana since the beginning of the twentieth century. At the turn of that century African Christians, having experienced mission activity through Western evangelization for nearly a century, started forming their own independent churches. Indigenous prophets beginning with William Wadé Harris who arrived in Ghana around 1914 spread his charismatic form …
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Wilkinson, Michael
Globalization is a term that refers to worldwide social change that is widely discussed and debated across many disciplines. The focus of scholars revolves around a range of questions including the origins of the term, definitions, debates, social implications, social movements, anti-globalization, and the various ways globalization is used to understand politics, economics, and culture.One way in which globalization is conceived focuses on the economic, political, and cultural features. Key developments have followed this observation although not …
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Ireland, Jerry M.
Glossolalia, or “speaking in tongues,” has long constituted a prominent feature of global Pentecostalism. Similar phenomenon occur in a number of ancient and modern non-Christian religions (e.g., Oracle of Delphi, African indigenous religions, Mormons), though the degree of commonality is debated. In Pentecostal and Charismatic circles, the experience usually signifies the “baptism in the Holy Spirit”—understood variously as a second or third work of grace subsequent to conversion. For some within the classical Pentecostal tradition, including (…
Date: 2021-07-16