The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century Paperback – 13 Oct 1997
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Christianity Today, "Number 15 on the Top 25 Books of the Year list"(1998)Charisma "As a historian, Synan offers powerful explanations and conclusions."Christian Scholars Review "An indispensable and highly readable account of the origins and growth of what is clearly the most significant movement in the twentieth-century church . . . With the growing 'charismaticization' of the contemporary church, this book should be of interest to Christians in all academic disciplines."Clergy Journal "A fine historical work that will interest those engaged in the history of the American church. . . This is a book that makes for fascinating reading and is well worth the investment of time and money."Publishers Weekly "This revision of a book originally published in 1971 incorporates five new chapters and further strengthens Synan's detailed and highly readable history of the various 'second-blessing' movements that form a major branch of Christianity. . . Synan provides an authoritative, highly documented and nuanced survey of a tradition that continues to thrive worldwide.""
From the Publisher
A handbook for understanding Pentecostalism
"In all of human history, no other non-political, non-militaristic, voluntary human movement has grown as rapidly as the Pentecostal-charistmatic movement in the last twenty-five years." Professor Peter Wagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
First seen as simply a movement, Pentecostalism has grown far beyond this definition. "This could well be the major story of Christianity in the twentieth century," writes Synan. "If what Peter Wagner says is true, then Pentecostalism indeed deserves to be seen as a major Christian tradition alongside the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Reformation Protestant traditions."See all Product Description
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From its 19th century Wesleyan origin Synan presents extensive holiness-pentecostal names, dates, and places. He tells local colloquial tales, presents global facts, and exposes historic myths from the Pentecostal movement. His is a scholarly analysis that presents and evaluate Christianity's "third great tradition" (after Roman Catholicism and Protestantism).
From the formation of the 19th century holiness movement and the later birth of Pentecostalism on Azusa Street, Synan explains the history and principal theology of Pentecostals. "Holy Rollers", Tomlinson's scandal, "fundamentalist fury", "Catholic tongues", snake handling, "Jesus only", "finished works", "Wesley's second blessing", Keswick movement, "latter rain", and much more are explained. Pentecostalism principal denominations (Assemblies of God, Church of God in Christ, United Pentecostal Church, Foursquare Gospel Church, and International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, and their differences) are thoroughly considered.
Synan also tells Pentecostal history with extensive documentation (in 28 pages of bibliography). Pentecostal leaders Moody, Finney, Parham, Seymour, Mason, Fuller, Durham, McPherson, Roberts, and more are considered. Their particular contributions are followed through the book's completion.
This is an excellent book. It is recommended to everyone.