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From Faith Missions To Churches, 1800s To 1930s

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The purpose of this chapter is to narrate and assess the emergence of early Australian Pentecostal ecclesiology. To this end, the chapter begins with a general review and analysis of the currents of globalising voluntarist religion into which Pentecostalism was born. It then focuses on to the subsequent development of Pentecostalism in Australia, again with a view to describe and analyse the culture and social structures that categorised this early Pentecostal understanding of the Church. The chapter discusses three alternate approaches or presuppositions: anti-revivalism, anti-contextualisation, and analysis of the scale of values. Pentecostalism is birthed into a global ferment of religious ideas, uniting them in such a way that the movement was to become a significant force in the transitions of twentieth century Christianity.

Keywords: anti-contextualisation; anti-revivalism; early Australian Pentecostal ecclesiology; twentieth century Christianity; voluntarist religion



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