Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism

Blumhofer, Edith L., Russell P. Spittler, and Grant A Wacker, eds. Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism examines the religious identities which the Pentecostal and charismatic movements established as they engaged mainstream American Protestantism throughout the 20th century. Parts 2 and 3 investigate respectively the boundaries Pentecostals negotiated and, later, charismatics renegotiated as they carved out their own unique niches within American religious life. These two sections feature a number of case studies. The studies in Part 2 look at the ways Pentecostals challenged and rejected the “dead denominationalism” and intellectualism they found in early 20th century Protestantism. In this section, writers explore the confrontations between Pentecostals and "radical evangelicals"; interactions between Pentecostal missionaries and Protestant mission boards in China; Pentecostal encounters in rural New England; and the rise of Pentecostal scholasticism among the Assemblies of God. Part 3 explores how the charismatic movement sought to reinvigorate Protestantism from within, particularly focusing on charismatic political behavior, the formation of the Women’s Aglow Fellowship, and the particular responses of American and Southern Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians to charismatic renewal efforts. Parts 1 and 4 contain one chapter each, providing a biblical interpretation of Pentecostal spirituality (Chapter 1) and, as the book’s final chapter, a historiographical overview of classical Pentecostalism (Chapter 12).