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Spreading Fires: The Missionary Nature of Early Pentecostalism [Paperback]

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Pages   312
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.17" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2007
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570757496  
EAN  9781570757495  


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In this fresh and original study, Allan Anderson traces the origins of Pentecostalism and its astonishing spread from many centers-almost as if by spontaneous combustion. A careful retrieval of early diaries, letters, and other documents shows that this expansion was rooted from the beginning in a strong missionary fervor that contributed to the movement's spread around the globe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Beginning with a probing examination of the origins of Pentecostalism, Anderson goes on to mine the diaries and letters of Pentecostal leaders in the United States, India, China and East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean to give the flavor of the global movement in its first quarter-century. Finally, he offers a penetrating overview of both the theology and practice of Pentecostals in such areas as healing, war, relations with other religions, politics, leadership, and sectarianism.

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An important study sheds new light on the amazing spread of Pentecostalism throughout the world. In this fresh and original study Allen Anderson traces the origins of Pentecostalism and its astonishing spread from many centers. Beginning with a probing examination of theorigins of Pentecostalism, Anderson goes on to mine the diaries and letters of Pentecostal leaders in the United States, India, China and East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and Latin America and the Carribbean to give the flavor of the global movement and its first quarter-century. Finally, he offers a penetrating overview of both the theology and practice of pentecostals in such areas as healing, war, relations with other religions, politics, leadership, and sectarianism.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Allan Anderson is Professor of Global Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Michael Bergunder is Professor of History of Religions and Mission Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Andre Droogers is Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology at the VU University Amsterdam. Cornelis van der Laan is Professor of Pentecostal Studies in the Faculty of Theology at VU University Amsterdam."

Allan Anderson currently resides in Birmingham. Allan Anderson has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Birmingham.

Allan Anderson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Regnum Studies in Global Christianity


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A pioneer, global, and contextual perspective on Pentecostal mission history  Feb 9, 2010
Spreading Fires discusses how the `fires' of Pentecost spread throughout the world in just about a century (20th), as it is one of the most amazing stories in the history of Christianity. It "explores the early history and activities of Pentecostals through the writings of these early missionaries (western and national) and draws out some of their theological and missiological principles in order to better understand the subsequent growth and mission theology of Pentecostalism" (4). The author is an insider charismatic and asserts that, "the present proliferation of Pentecostalism and indeed its inherent character result from the fact that this was fundamentally a missionary movement of the Spirit from the start" (5). The author also believes that the early historians of this movement had a biased view of history and overlooked the vital role played by native, national missionaries and women in the spread of the fire. He therefore, rightly believes that post-colonial theory helps us see historiography in better perspective. This study tries to look at the history from the perspective of postcolonial, unbiased approach.
The author's purpose is to "challenge presuppositions relating to the origins of Pentecostalism by drawing attention to some significant pioneers in early Pentecostalism outside the western world" (8). The author acknowledges that he has deliberately given much space and significance to those who have been neglected in the past because, to him, one of the aims of the book is to "try to balance and make more visible the `non western' nature of Pentecostalism in the early twentieth century..." (13). Thus, this book examines the theological, ideological and practical issues that helped form a distinctive mission theology and praxis. "This book attempts to portray a global, non-parochial and contextual perspective on early Pentecostal missions" (14).
Allan Anderson's Spreading Fires is a welcome first major study of early Pentecostal history. It is a rich account of the early decades of the spread of baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues throughout the world. The author brings together sources, as he approaches the matter with a methodology that brings out perspectives that were not available until now. He also intentionally indicates important avenues for further research. Thus, one should be grateful for this massive, if initial exploration and hope it will encourage more research that will build on the present contribution in this important field.
V.John
 

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