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The rise and spread of global Pentecostalism

Professor David Maxwell, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, explores the rapid growth of Pentecostal Christianity among the aspiring poor in Latin America, Africa and the Pacific Rim.

Often denounced by the press and some scholars for their associations with the American Religious Right and their interventions on so-called ‘moral issues’, Pentecostals in the global South are often misunderstood.

The movement’s real significance lies in the realm of cultural reformation. Its ascetic codes domesticate the wayward male and empower women and youth, enhancing family stability as a value for the poor.

Its Puritan ethics create a flexible disciplined worker able to respond to the volatility of neo-liberal economies. The new solidarities formed in Pentecostal churches help mitigate the insecurity and poverty which ravage the mega-cities and rural hinterlands of the global South.

The lecture will examine these cultural dimensions of global Pentecostalism.

Please note this lecture was originally scheduled for Monday 9 July but has been postponed until Monday 16 July.

Date Monday, 16 July 2018
Time 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Public Lecture
DepartmentHistory, Theology
LocationArchway 3 Lecture Theatre
Contact NameAssociate Professor John Stenhouse
Contact Phone+64 3 479 8609

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