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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

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Studia Hist. Ecc. vol.34 n.2 Pretoria Dec. 2008

 

From the periphery to the centre: The radical transformation of Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity in the 20th century

 

 

James Amanze

Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

 

 


ABSTRACT

This article examines the radical transformation of the Pentecostal-charismatic movement in the 20th century and how it has moved from the periphery of the Christian faith to the centre. It is argued in the article that although Pentecostal-charismatic movements were frowned upon in the past, there was a change of heart towards this form of Christianity in the 20th century. From its humble beginnings in the United States of America in the 1900s, Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity is now a global movement with followers both outside of the mainline churches and within the mission churches such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other churches throughout the world. Pentecostal-charismatic movements are here to stay and have become a fourth force in Christendom, thereby becoming a religious power to be reckoned with.


 

 

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