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Review of The Rise of Network Christianity

The Rise of Network Christianity
Brad Christerson and Richard Flory have written a highly readable account of the social changes in religion that are growing and expanding throughout the world. The authors argue that independent charismatic leaders like Che Ahn, Bill Johnson, and Mike Bickle, among others, illustrate a shift from organizational patterns associated with modern religion like denominations to networks of ministries that share common objectives through relational associations. The key characteristics of post 1970s social change, according to the authors, include globalization, the digital revolution, and the rise of networks with the decline of bureaucracies. The implications of these social changes for religion include increased cultural and religious pluralism, interactive media and religious participation, and declining loyalties to organizations like denominations. In other words, social change accounts for the decline of one form of religion in particular but also the…
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Pentecostals and the Body
Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion. Brill, 2017.
Edited by Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse
The intersection of religion, ritual, emotion, globalization, migration, sexuality, gender, race, and class, is especially insightful for researching Pentecostal notions of the body. Pentecostalism is well known for overt bodily expressions that includes kinesthetic worship with emotive music and sustained acts of prayer. Among Pentecostals there is considerable debate about bodies, the role of the Holy Spirit, possession of evil spirits, deliverance, exorcism, revival, and healing of bodies and emotions. Pentecostalism is identified as a religion on the move and so bodies are transformed in the context of globalization. Pentecostalism is also associated with notions of sexuality, gender, race and class where bodies are often liberated and limited. This volume evaluates these themes associated with contemporary research on the body.
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Pentecostalism, Religious Experience,and the Body / Le pentecôtisme, l’expérience religieuse et le corps

Call for Papers: International Society for the Sociology of Religion
The 33rd ISSR Conference: Sensing Religion
Louvain-la-Neuve
July 2-5, 2015

Thematic Session

Pentecostalism, Religious Experience, and the Body / Le pentecôtisme, l’expérience religieuse et le corps
Michael Wilkinson, Trinity Western University (Canada) michael.wilkinson@twu.ca Peter F. Althouse, Southeastern University (USA) pfalthouse@seu.edu
The intersection of religion, sexuality, gender, disability, health and illness, pain, death and dying, emotions, and embodiment is especially insightful for researching Pentecostal and Charismatic notions of the body. Pentecostalism is well known for overt bodily expressions of religious experience that includes kinesthetic worship such as speaking in tongues, dancing, twirling, and falling down. Among Pentecostals and Charismatics there is considerable debate about bodies, the relationship between bodies and the Holy Spirit, possession of evil spirits, deliverance and exorcism. Pen…