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Pentecostalism: A Christian Revival Sweeping The Developing World

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Pentecostalism mostly sees itself as a unique return to the Primitive Church, though its more knowledgeable representatives have been well aware of similar attempts to recover the pristine rapture presumed to inspire the first Christians. Pentecostalism promotes a decentralised and fissile form of lay voluntary organisation, separated, at least in its initial governing ethos from territory and state, and operating on an open competitive market. Some features of the Lutheran tradition that find answering resonance in Pentecostalism are the priesthood of all believers and participation; and the specifically Pietist pursuit of sanctification in small cells of the committed; the reversals of these and other features are indicated in the chapter. There are several scenarios of a Pentecostal future. One possibility, observable all over the developing world, combines the achievement of modernity en route to salvation with a return to tangible embodiments of spiritual power.

Keywords: Lutheran themes; mainstream Christianity; Pentecostalism



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