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Roberts, Oral
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Oral Roberts (1918–2009) was a preacher, revivalist, healer, radio and television evangelist, and university founder. He is one of the most consequential figures in the development of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity. His story is emblematic of changes that occurred from the 1930s to the early 2000s. Roberts was part of a post-World War II generation of American Christians that no longer wanted to perpetuate the small, sectarian congregations they had been raised in. Through accommodating hi…

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McClymond, Michael, “Roberts, Oral”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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