Pentecostal Christianity is the fastest-growing religious movement of the modern era. Over the past 100 years, it has grown from a handful of adherents to well over 500 million. Often associated with white, right-wing, American televangelists in the public mind, it is actually populated by poor, Majority World residents whose political commitments are diverse.
William Kay’s Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction ably introduces this movement by sketching an outline of its history (chapters 1–3), theology (chapters 4–5), and sociology (chapters 6–7). A concluding chapter (8) speculates on possible trajectories for the size and influence of the movement. Kay includes a “Further Reading” list at the end of the book for readers who wish to delve more deeply into these topics.
I highly recommend Pentecostalism as an introduction to this vibrant Christian movement for readers who know little to nothing about it.
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