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The language of “mysticism” is very difficult to define for Christian theological purposes. As a result, many—including most Pentecostals—sidestep it for a number of reasons. However, that need not be the case, and in fact, it should not be for this Spirt-filled movement, for it stands to benefit significantly from being characterized as a mystical movement.

One of the oft-cited reasons for avoiding the language of mysticism is that many established religions as well as newer, alternative spiritualities have mystical dimensions or branches; therefore…

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Castelo, Daniel, “Mysticism”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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