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What's 'Global' about Global Pentecostalism?

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There is much confusion over what is meant by globalization generally and specifically as it is applied to the study of Pentecostalism. In this article I show how the different usages of globalization are applied to several areas of Pentecostal research demonstrating that what is 'global' is mostly linked with the modernization and secularization debates. Another view of globalization is then presented with application to Pentecostalism. Specifically, I show how Pentecostalism is shaped by the globalization of religion(s) and heightens theologizing as it pertains to orthodoxy, orthopraxy, authenticity, and authority. Finally, North American scholars of Pentecostalism need to examine further how their own theologizing is shaped by globalizing trends.


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