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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Azusa Street was the prelude, but the beginning of Pentecostalism was reached when a global Pentecostal network was established. Neither a creed, an institution nor a place is the beginning of Pentecostalism, but a vast and vague international network; and in that specific sense Pentecostalism was a global movement right from its beginnings. And it is in this context that the beginnings of Pentecostalism in India have to be understood. 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 denomination. This careful study ably fills that gap. After a brief introduction outlining the history of 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 formal interviews with nearly 200 leading pastors and evangelists, as well as a wide-range of source materials. Bergunder finishes with prospects for the future of this unique Pentecostal movement.
  

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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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