From a handful of fervent believers early in the 20th century to perhaps 600 million worldwide today, Pentecostalism is one of the fastest-growing segments of Christianity. This authoritative overview, written by dozens of leaders, analyzes the history and future of the movement, addressing such pressing topics as the emergence of prosperity theology. 544 pages, hardcover. Charisma.
The growth of Spirit-empowered Christianity has been nothing short of phenomenal. From a handful of believers in the early twentieth century to over six hundred million people in almost every culture and denomination today, those who embrace the Holy Spirit and His gifts are now the fastest-growing religious group in the world. But if any generation ceases to emphasize the Holy Spirits power, the movement likely will lose this distinction. This final volume is an authoritative collection from more than two dozen leaders and scholars of the Spirit-empowered movement. In addition to addressing the history and future of the movement, this book discusses global theological topics, including the emergence of prosperity theology, and focuses on the possibilities and challenges for Pentecostalism.
Vinson Synan, PhD, is dean emeritus of the Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is considered the premier historian of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement.
Amos Yong, PhD, is professor of theology and mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.