Moved by the Spirit: Pentecostal Power & Politics after 100 Years

Source Organization: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life


06/28/2006 - April 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles, an event often cited as the birth of modern pentecostalism. Since then, pentecostalism has emerged as one of the fastest-growing Christian movements in the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in the "global South," which comprises the nations of Africa, Central and Latin America and most of Asia, where pentecostalism is reshaping the religious, political and economic landscapes.

On April 24, 2006, the Pew Forum, together with the USC Annenberg Knight Program in Media and Religion and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, held an event to examine pentecostalism's impact on global politics and its relevance to U.S. foreign policy concerns.

Speakers at the event included: Anthea Butler, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Rochester; Paul Freston, Byker Chair in Christian Perspectives on Political, Social & Economic Thought, Calvin College; and Donald Miller, Firestone Professor of Religion, University of Southern California. Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, was the moderator.

View edited excerpts from the discussion, Moved by the Spirit, on Pew Research Center's Web site. 

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