Llamado "una contribución pionera" por Historia de la Iglesia, cuando se publicó por primera vez en 1971 como el Movimiento de Santidad Pentecostal en los Estados Unidos, este volumen ha sido revisado y ampliado por Vinson Synan para dar cuenta de los increíbles cambios que han ocurrido en el mundo de la iglesia durante el último cuarto del siglo XX.
Called "a pioneer contribution" by Church History when it was first published in 1971 as The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States, this volume has now been revised and enlarged by Vinson Synan to account for the incredible changes that have occurred in the church world during the last quarter of the twentieth century.
Synan brings together the stories of the many movements usually listed as 'holiness,' 'pentecostal,' or 'charismatic,' and shows that there is an identifiable 'second blessing' tradition in Christianity that began with the Catholic and Anglican mystics, that was crystallized in the teaching of John Wesley, and that was further perpetuated through the holiness and Keswick movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the appearance of modern Pentecostalism. Synan then chronicles the story of the spread of Pentecostalism around the world after the heady days of the Azusa Street awakening, with special attention given to the beginnings of the movement in those nations where Pentecostalism has become a major religious force. He also examines the rise of various mainline-church charismatic movements that have their roots in Pentecostalism. Because of the explosive growth of the Pentecostal movement in the last half of the century, Pentecostals and Charismatics now constitute the second largest family of Christians in the world after the Roman Catholic Church. 'This could well be the major story of Christianity in the twentieth century,' writes Synan. 'Pentecostalism has grown beyond a mere passing 'movement' . . . and can now be seen as a major Christian 'tradition' alongside the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Reformation Protestant traditions.' The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition will continue to be an important handbook for shaping our understanding of this phenomenon.
Harold Vinson Synan, historian of the Pentecostal movement, has written sixteen books of which fifteen discuss some facet of Pentecostal and Charismatic history. He currently serves as Dean of the School of Divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach. He has previously served as director of the Holy Spirit Research Center at Oral Roberts University and as general secretary of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. As an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Holiness Church, Synan has planted four churches and taught history. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, Synan helped organize the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He also served four years as General Secretary of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. SPANISH BIO: Harold Vinson Synan, historiador del movimiento pentecostal, ha escrito dieciseis libros, quince de los cuales tratan sobre algun aspecto de la historia pentecostal y carismatica. En la actualidad es Decano de la Escuela de Divinidades en la Universidad Regent, de Virginia Beach. Ha ocupado anteriormente los cargos de director del Centro de Investigacion sobre el Espiritu Santo en la Universidad Oral Roberts, y de Secretario General de la Iglesia Pentecostal Internacional de Santidad. Synan ha fundado cuatro iglesias y dado clases de historia. Despues de conseguir su Doctorado en Filosofia por la Universidad de Georgia, ayudo a organizar la Sociedad para Estudios Pentecostales. Tambien ocupo durante cuatro anos la posicion de Secretario General de la Iglesia Pentecostal de Santidad.
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