The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2008 - History - 380 pages
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Making up approximately 20 percent of South India's Protestants, Pentecostals are an influential part of India's Christian culture, yet there is a distinct lack of scholarly focus on this increasingly large group. This careful, well-informed study by Michael Bergunder ably fills that gap.

After a brief historical introduction to the worldwide growth of Pentecostalism, Bergunder delves into the history of the South Indian Pentecostal movement in the first section. The second section gives a systematic profile of the current movement in South India, based on a wide range of source materials and on formal interviews with nearly two hundred leading pastors and evangelists. Bergunder finishes his work with prospects for the future. Three appendixes and an extended bibliography offer ample ground for further research.

  

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Contents

Constructing Indian Pentecostalism
1
HISTORY
21
Early Beginnings
23
Kerala
37
Tamil Nadu
58
Karnataka
86
Andhra Pradesh
92
Evangelists Interchurch Fellowships and Marginal Movements
107
Ministry
191
Church Life
209
Social Structure and Ecumenical Relations
231
PROSPECTS
245
Pentecostalism and Contextualization of Christianity
247
Selected Biographies
255
Missionaries and Leadership Positions
301
Church Statistics
305

BELIEFS AND PRACTICES
121
Context
123
Themes
130
Ordo Salutis
138
Gifts of the Spirit
146
Ethics
181
List of Interviews
311
Bibliography
321
Maps
357
Index
365
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Michael Bergunder is professor of the history of religions and mission studies at the University of Heidelberg.

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