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Cosmology, in its religious/philosophical sense, refers to an understanding of unseen or spiritual aspects of the universe. It is an aspect of worldview that deals with cosmic powers. A literalistic understanding of the spirit world is especially apparent in Pentecostalism, which affirms the reality of angels, demons, and the power of the Holy Spirit. In anthropological terms, Pentecostals could be characterized as having an enchanted worldview.

From its inception, Pentecostalism has emphasized tangible spiritual experience, including baptism in the Holy Spiri…

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Warren, E. Janet, “Cosmology”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Conny Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 04 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20190212

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