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The Assemblies of God: Godly Love and the Revitalization of American Pentecostalism

Margaret M. Poloma and John C. Green

Abstract

The Assemblies of God (AG) is the ninth-largest American and the world's largest Pentecostal denomination, with over 50 million followers worldwide. The AG embraces a worldview of miracles and mystery that makes “supernatural” experiences, such as speaking in tongues, healing, and prophecy, normal for Christian believers. Ever since it first organized in 1916, however, the “charismata” or “gifts of the Holy Spirit” have felt tension from institutional forces. Over the decades, vital charismatic experiences have been increasingly tamed by rituals, doctrine, and denominational structure. Yet the ... More

Keywords: Assemblies of God, Pentecostal denomination, miracles, Holy Spirit, Pentecostalism, benevolence, divine love, human love

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814767832
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814767832.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret M. Poloma, author

John C. Green, author