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The Assemblies of GodGodly Love and the Revitalization of American Pentecostalism$
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Margaret M. Poloma and John C. Green

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767832

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767832.001.0001

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The Assemblies of God

Margaret M. Poloma

John C. Green

NYU Press

This introductory chapter begins with discussion of the emergence of the pentecostal movement. It then describes the Assemblies of God (AG), arguably the best-known of the Pentecostal denominations. The remainder of the chapter explains the research methodology used in this study and then sets out the book's purpose, i.e. to present a broad narrative, complete with statistical findings, of a prototype of Pentecostalism and the issues facing this American-born and -bred approach to Christianity that has become a global force. At its core the AG is a historic Pentecostal denomination, but one that has been influenced by subsequent pentecostal renewals and revivals as well as by the countervailing force of evangelical Protestantism. The book focuses on the effects of these two seemingly countervailing forces on the AG in the United States.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, Assemblies of God, Pentecostals, pentecostal movement, Christianity, evangelical Protestantism

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