Renewal Past and Present: Sociological Shifts and Theological Trajectories
Wednesday & Thursday, February 18-19, 2009 from noon-1:30 pm in the (Student Center) Fountain View Room, students are responsible for their own lunch.
Michael Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director, Religion in Canada Institute
Trinity Western University
British Columbia, Canada
Title: "Winds from the North: Canada and the Global Pentecostal Movement"
Abstract: While there is something of a global culture that all Pentecostals share, Pentecostalism is also rooted in specific local cultures. An analysis of global Pentecostalism requires important comparative work to understand how it is local and global. The purpose of this presentation is to situate Canadian Pentecostalism among the many “Pentecostalisms” around the world. Findings from the new book Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009) by Wilkinson will be the focus of discussion.
Presentation Handout - "Winds from the North"
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Peter Althouse, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion
Title: "Pentecostalism and the Language of Power"
Abstract: Early Pentecostal documents reveal that the language of power was a primary concern for the burgeoning movement, shaping the Pentecostal quest for charismatic experiences and undergirding its theological declarations. Early Pentecostals believed that the ‘power of the Spirit’ experienced in charismatic dimensions empowered them to change their lives and their world for the kingdom of God. This presentation will explore the language of power in early Pentecostalism and it social implications.