To the Ends of the Earth: Pentecostalism and the Transformation of World Christianity
Allan Heaton Anderson (Oxford University Press)
We evangelicals are notorious for believing it nearly impossible to define the term evangelical with perfect precision. It's difficult to pinpoint one factor that marks us off as a distinct religious movement: A belief in the divinely inspired nature of the Bible? A "born again" experience? A personal relationship with Jesus? Whatever belief or practice you identify as essential, at least some avowedly nonevangelical Christians will claim to share it.
Allan Anderson's sweeping historical survey of global Pentecostalism illustrates why Pentecostal believers run into the same problems of self-definition. What does it mean to be Pentecostal? "There is no exact way to answer this question," Anderson confesses, "and debates will rage on." From a bewildering variety of influences and emphases have arisen "Holiness pentecostals," "'Finished Work' pentecostals," "Oneness pentecostals," independent "Neopentecostal" or "Neocharismatic" churches, and charismatic movements within other Christian denominations. Anderson, a scholar of Pentecostalism and a former Pentecostal minister, gives a sympathetic and insightful explanation of how all these diverse traditions have found their way onto the global stage.
Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything
Gerald Rau (IVP Academic)
Too much conversation about the science of human origins presumes a strict dichotomy of allegiances: You're either down with the elite consensus on evolution, or else you're some kind of science-denying, ...1