PentecoStudies http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT <p><em>PentecoStudies</em>&nbsp;offers a distinctly interdisciplinary forum for the study of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Authors from the social sciences, the humanities, cultural studies, religious studies and theology are all welcome.</p> en-US <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> joerg.haustein@soas.ac.uk (Jörg Haustein) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 3.2.1.1 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Editorial http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17882 Jörg Haustein Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17882 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Righteous Gentiles. Religion, Identity and Myth in John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel by Sean Durbin http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17894 <p>DURBIN, Sean. Righteous Gentiles: Religion, Identity and Myth in John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel. Leiden: Brill, 2019. 274pp. Hbk. ISBN: 9789004384958. $167.</p> Anna Kirchner Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17894 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Pentecostal Theology and Ecumenical Theology: Interpretations and Intersections by Peter Hocken, Tony L. Richie and Christopher A. Stephenson (eds) http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17895 <p>HOCKEN, Peter, Tony L. RICHIE and Christopher A. STEPHENSON (eds). Pentecostal Theology and Ecumenical Theology: Interpretations and Intersections. Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, volume 34. Leiden: Brill, 2019. 368pp. Pbk. ISBN: 9789004408364. €65.</p> Michael McClymond Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17895 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 The Pentecostal Republic. Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria by Ebenezer Obadare http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17896 <p>OBADARE, Ebenezer. The Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria. London: Zed Books, 2018. 231pp. Pbk. ISBN: 9781786992376. £16.99.</p> Christopher Wadibia Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17896 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa by Kenneth R. Ross, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu and Todd M. Johnson. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17897 <p>ROSS, Kenneth R., J. Kwabena ASAMOAH-GYADU and Todd M. JOHNSON. Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 538pp. Hbk. ISBN: 9781474412032. £150.</p> Gideon Bakare Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17897 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 The Hermeneutical Spirit: Theological Interpretation and Scriptural Imagination for the 21st Century by Amos Yong http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17898 <p>YONG, Amos. The Hermeneutical Spirit: Theological Interpretation and Scriptural Imagination for the 21st Century. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017. 340pp. Pbk. ISBN: 9781532604898. $39.</p> William P. Atkinson Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17898 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 The Undercurrent Coming to the Surface http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17883 <p>This paper explores the convergence and divergence in the development of Chinese Christianity and the global surge of Pentecostalism by focusing on the evolution and expansion of an indigenous Pentecostal sector in Chinese Christianity. Drawing on extended ethnographic fieldwork among prosperous urban church communities in coastal southeast China and the growing Chinese merchant diaspora in Europe, I show that the Pentecostal undercurrent sustained by mostly charismatic women and their rural networks has come to surface and been increasingly transformed by an entrepreneurial male-dominated prosperity gospel. The surfacing of this Chinese Pentecostal undercurrent under the current context of China’s state-led modernization and global business outreach has resulted in a combination of entrepreneurial logic, spiritual renewal, and emotional nationalism in a self-envisioned Chinese-led global mission movement, contributing to the growth of a neo-Pentecostal sector of post-Mao, globalizing Chinese Christianity.</p> Nanlai Cao Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17883 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Crooked Prophets, Ungodly Politicians and their Publics http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17884 <p>Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity (PCC) has had a radical and public impact on African cities, believers and politics. Scholars often describe this impact in terms of the “Pentecostalization” of the public sphere. Looking at Prophet Bushiri and his Enlightened Christian Gathering Church in South Africa, I argue that the ontological situatedness of PCC believers, “unbelievers” and those who shared a spirited world view led to a plurality of public spheres and counter publics. Thus, secular commentators in South Africa did not understand the Pentecostal message or its expression while locals who believed in a spirited world interpreted Prophet Bushiri’s messages and behaviour in terms that dismissed debate in favour of (violent) action. Within PCC circles, which often stretched beyond the local to encompass vast networks of “spiritual kin”, communicative flows were scuppered by an unstable public moved by the Spirit rather than secular political processes.</p> Ilana van Wyk Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17884 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 When All Comes Crumbling Down http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17891 <p>Based on ethnographic research in a local RCCG congregation, the&nbsp;Jesus House in Midtown, Sweden, this article focuses on the meaning of pastorship to its founding pastor, John, and on the nature of the relationship between John and his congregation. Results show that to John, pastorship means hard work but also an opportunity for social mobility. As he founded the Jesus House, John took on considerable financial risk, realistically turning him into a church-owner. Furthermore, the relationship between pastor and congregation implies a contract where John is expected to protect his congregants from illness and death. As a congregant dies, a crisis hits and the congregation starts to break apart. In order to save his congregation, John first appeals to his own spiritual powers, but then resorts to pleading to the structures of plausibility within the congregation. As the paper argues, this shows the importance of both cognitive and relational aspects of meaning-making.</p> Anders Per Lundberg Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17891 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Pentecostal Fractality in Socially Deprived Urban Spaces http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17893 <p>Pentecostals form the largest faction of evangelicalism in Chile and Latin America more widely. Their message has appealed especially to the urban poor, but this explains their success only in part. In Chile, Pentecostals have managed to withstand an overall decline of evangelicalism through a pattern of growth by fragmentation. Whereas traditional evangelical churches are struggling to retain their membership, let alone establish new branches or engage in missionary efforts, Pentecostal congregations are spreading and growing in number still. This is not so much the result of systematic missionary efforts, but of Pentecostal fragmentation and of its adaptability to the living situations of socially vulnerable classes. Based on a four-year investigation that looked into the history and geographical distribution of eleven Christian denominations in the three most populated metropolitan areas of Chile, the article offers a detailed analysis of the growth and development of Pentecostal churches among the urban poor. The example studied here is the Bajos de Mena, a poorly built and extremely dense neighbourhood of Santiago de Chile, raised up by the Chilean post-dictatorship governments to resettle poor urban dwellers from areas they previously occupied. Bajos de Mena is replete with Pentecostal churches of various types, and most of them can be explained by following the resettlement movements of their adherents and leaders. Tracing the distribution and history of Pentecostal churches in Bajos de Mena, the article offers an anthropogeographical lens to explaining the success and fragmented nature of the Pentecostal churches in certain sectors of Chilean society.</p> Abraham Gonzalo Paulsen Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/PENT/article/view/17893 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000