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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
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) Peter F. Althouse, Southeastern University (USA)
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…

Pentecostalism and Development

I just finished attending my first Glopent conference, the 8th international meeting of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism. The conference was held at SOAS, University of London.
The conference theme was "Pentecostalism and Development" and featured plenary addresses by Matthew Clark (Deakin University, Australia), Tomas Sundnes Drønen (School of Mission and Theology in Stravanger, Norway), and Dena Freeman (visiting fellow at the London School of Economics).
The conference attempted to address a number of questions about the relationship between Pentecostalism in the so-called "developing world" and how scholars understand and interpret what is happening.
The various speakers and papers in parallel sessions raised a number of excellent questions. For example, one of the basic issues revolves around the relationship between Pentecostals and development agencies, how they view that relationship, who get's to define the role religion plays, and a…

New Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism

Pentecostalism is one of the fastest-growing religious movements in the world. Groups in the United States dominated early Pentecostal histories, but recent global manifestations have expanded and complicated the definition of Pentecostalism. This volume provides a nuanced overview of Pentecostalism's various manifestations and explores what it means to be Pentecostal from the perspectives of both insiders and outsiders. Leading scholars in the field use a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the historical, economic, political, anthropological, sociological, and theological aspects of the movement. They address controversies, such as the Oneness-Trinity controversy; introduce new theories; and chart trajectories for future research. The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism will enable beginners to familiarize themselves with the important issues and debates surrounding the global movement, while also offering experienced scholars a valuable handbook for reference.
Part I. Histo…

Pentecostals Have Lunch with Pope Francis

A group of evangelical leaders recently had lunch with Pope Francis including Pentecostals and Charismatics Brian Stiller, James Robison, Kenneth Copeland, and John Arnott.

Brian Stiller, a prominent Canadian leader was raised in the home of a Pentecostal preacher in the Prairies. He completed a graduate degree at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto and wrote his thesis about Canadian Pentecostalism. Later he served as President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and worked hard to include Pentecostals in the evangelical fold. Stiller recently retired as President of Tyndale University College in Toronto and now serves as Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance.

Stiller reported on the luncheon and included observations about the Pope's views on Christian unity, relationship with Pentecostals, and challenges facing the Roman Catholic Church including issues of sexual abuse, finances, and leadership.

Stiller's report can be found here.

Pope Francis continue…