Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish   -     By: David Martin
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Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish

Wiley-Blackwell / 2002 / Paperback

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This book deals with the largest global shift in religion over the last forty years, the astonishing rise of Pentecostalism and charismatic Christianity. Conservative estimates suggest that a quarter of a billion people are now members of Pentecostal churches, mainly in the developing world. David Martin, a prominent British sociologist, sensitively discerns the history, politics, and economics of the movement's appeal from the poor in Latin America to the new middle classes of southeast Asia and and draws conclusions about the future of Christianity itself.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0631231218
ISBN-13: 9780631231219
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Author Bio

Professor David Martin is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Honorary Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. He has published numerous books including Tongues of Fire (Blackwell 1990), Does Christianity Cause War? (1997) and A General Theory of Secularisation (1978). He is generally regarded as one of the most influential sociologists of religion writing today.

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"Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish deals with thephenomenon of 'charismatic' Christianity in a context and stylevery far from the superficial categories in which it often getsdiscussed, raising substantive issues for the whole question of thefuture of Christianity. He is sympathetic but not uncritical, andmanages to distinguish much that is habitually blurred. As ascholar of Latin American Pentecostalism, he is in the first rank.He writes as always with grace and clarity. It is exactly the kindof book most commentators on religion ought to read, with itscareful dismantling of cliches about fundamentalism and its pleafor a culturally nuanced account of pentecostal piety." The MostRevd Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales

"David Martin ranks as one of the leading scholarly interpretersof world pentecostalism and its 'charismatic penumbra'. In thiswork he once again demonstrates his mastery of the culturaldynamics that have informed the movement's global sweep, as well asthe differences that have marked sub-traditions, territories,localities and social groupings. Challenging glib secularizationtheories, Martin persuasively traces the functionality ofpentecostal spirituality in modern society. He combines the rigorof the sociologist with the narrative skill of the historian,readily crisscrossing the boundaries that have separated thosedisciplines. The book is witty, elegantly written, and brimmingwith insights as sage as they are subtle." Grant Wacker, DukeUniversity

"[Many] questions come teeming out of Professor Martin'sinstructive pages as he turns his attention to other parts of theworld, for which Latin America is merely a template." TimesLiterary Supplement

"David Martin...is a doyen of British sociology of religion. Itis good to have a new book from him on this important issue. Hismain interest has been in South America, although he shows that heis fully aware that Pentecostalism is just as strong in many partsof Africa. [He offers] a fascinating and important picture."Church Times

"The textured approach to the varieties of cultures anddifferent inculturations of Pentecostalism both enhances thequality of the study and the usefulness of the book." JeffreyGros, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs of theUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishops

"This work of synthesis constitutes for years to come aprivileged reference point, for whoever works on Pentecostalism orSecularization." Archives de Sciences Sociales

"A scholar not only of profound learning but considerableoriginiality. Pentecostalism: The World Their Parishsustains his reputation as one of the best sociologists of religionin the world." Reviews of Religious Research

"This book demonstrates...that having been so much of a pioneerin the study of religion and globalisation, Martin remains a majorauthority. It represents sophisticated and thought-provokingscholarship for all those concerned to map the changing dynamics ofcontemporary Christianity." Modern Believing

"Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish is the newesteffort on the subject of contemporary Pentecostalism by one oftoday's leading sociologists of religion, David Martin. This book,a work of sweeping reach and comprehensive synthesis aimed atexamining Pentecostalism in a global context ..." Journal ofReligion

"A trail-blazing book, then, on a spiritual fire that hasencircled the world within a century." William K. Kay, Reviewsin Religion and Theology

"The book offers insightful interpretations, clearconceptualizations, and a richness of empirical overview that isreminiscent of Max Weber's writing. It nicely synthesizes much ofthe recent literature on its theme. Perhaps most significantly,Martin demonstrates how religion, even and especially theapolitical religion of the culturally despised subaltern, is aregular feature of the global social landscape: not a remnant, nota faute de mieux, but a vital resource for getting along inthis world. As such, it will be of interest to anyone who seeks abetter understanding of the global society in which we all live."American Journal of Sociology

"This book on Pentecostalism is a good complement to Martin'searlier exploration of contemporary evangelical growth, usefullypulling together many strands of recent research on Pentecostalism.As usual, Martin combines his sociological rigor with his attentionto cultural and historical matters, giving us a broad picture ofPentecostalism within the framework of a wider sociologicaltheory." The Journal of Religion

"Well-written, informative, and full of stimulating thoughts,this book is a 'must' not only for those involved in the study ofPentecostal-charismatic churches and searching for a moreencompassing perspective, but for anyone contemplating the futureof religion in the twenty-first century." Journal ofContemporary Religion

"Martin surverys, sympathetically but critically, "the largestglobal shift in the religious market place over the last 40 years"and relates it in both sociological and historical terms tocultural change." Choice

"His discussions on the economic empowerment of Pentecostalismand the repudiation of secularization alone make this book worthreading." Missiology

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