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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co; 2nd edition edition (13 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802841031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802841032
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.""

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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."

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I read this book in three sittings over the Christmas Holidays, 1997. As a student of Methodist history, I was intruigued with the Wesleyan aspect of the Pentecostal/Holiness movement. His understanding of the development of Holiness/Spirit-filled groups of believers in the Protestant and Orthodox/Roman Catholic churches can lead one to the perspective that the emphases of those religious heritages become complete when one respects (1) the awe/fear/majesty of God as demonstrated in the Orthodox & Roman Catholic traditions, (2) the emphasis of the Prostestant traditions of a personal relationship with Christ and on the Word of God as contained in the Bible, and (3) the sense of comfort and "the Peace that passes all understanding as it comes and fills our hearts" as we experience the Holy Spirit in our lives. Although I am, and probably always will be "an evangelical orthodox Wesleyan", this book has encouraged me to be open to the Holy Spirit and Its influence on my everyday life. Please read this with an open mind and a prayerful heart.
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Mr. Synans work reflects his deep understanding of the evolution of the Pentecostal movement in the United States. Though his effort is marked by the occasional error (by no means excessive), the work is by far the most authoritative, comprehensive, and thought out Protestant historical/theological piece I have had the pleasure to read. Anyone who claims an affiliation with Christianity would do well to verse themselves in the pseudo-religion that is Pentecostalism, and Mr. Synans work is by far the most opportune avenue by which to know and understand this unusual religious practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, good historical perspective, insightful 21 Aug. 1998
By Ralph J. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book in three sittings over the Christmas Holidays, 1997. As a student of Methodist history, I was intruigued with the Wesleyan aspect of the Pentecostal/Holiness movement. His understanding of the development of Holiness/Spirit-filled groups of believers in the Protestant and Orthodox/Roman Catholic churches can lead one to the perspective that the emphases of those religious heritages become complete when one respects (1) the awe/fear/majesty of God as demonstrated in the Orthodox & Roman Catholic traditions, (2) the emphasis of the Prostestant traditions of a personal relationship with Christ and on the Word of God as contained in the Bible, and (3) the sense of comfort and "the Peace that passes all understanding as it comes and fills our hearts" as we experience the Holy Spirit in our lives. Although I am, and probably always will be "an evangelical orthodox Wesleyan", this book has encouraged me to be open to the Holy Spirit and Its influence on my everyday life. Please read this with an open mind and a prayerful heart.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Re-write 24 April 2007
By Readalots - Published on Amazon.com
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With "The Holiness Pentecostal Tradition" (340 page paperback) Pentecostal theologian Vinson Synan proffers a veritable who's who in the history of charisma. This remarkable 1997 re-write, from its original 1971 edition, narrates 20th century Pentecostalism's explosive worldwide growth.

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.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding history of Pentecostalism 18 Jan. 2000
By Chris Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book explores the history of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity from its roots in Methodism until the present day. The charismatic movements are covered a bit more extensively and respectfully here than they are in Harvey Cox's Fire from Heaven. Mr. Synan does not gloss over some of Pentecostalism's more bizarre manifestations, but he is always respectful of the movement as a whole, certainly far more respectful that many mainline Protestants or fundamentalists (which are not the same as Pentecostals, as Mr. Synan takes care to point out)would be. The writing is clear and readable, apart from the fact that Mr. Synan seems to "use quotation marks" indiscriminately, something I find "kind of irritating." Apart from that, I cannot recommend this book too highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for your personal library 31 Oct. 2002
By James Paul Reynolds MD - Published on Amazon.com
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A comprehensive look at Pentecostalism, its roots, and "3 waves" of history. Synan is one of the leading scholars in this field. Strong data on the Holiness movement and very early Pentecostals. Moderately good information on the Charismatic Renewal. Not much on the Jesus Movement and new paradigm churches, but overall, this book is great for anyone interested in how Pentecostalism has become so big and popular in just one century. Plenty of details and footnotes for researchers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight Forward 9 Mar. 2007
By Sister King - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has given me insight to the Pentecostal Movement and all of the people who were instrumental in the growth of what is part of many church doctrines. It is important to me to know belief system and the process of the various experiences that took place. Many churches today are probably different from what they started out as in the 1800's; and the book tells of the interesting and colorful past of the those beliefs. This book gives mostly every account and the details of the history. The book is easy to read and is well put together. I brought it for a class in the same area I am studying, but now I have made it a part of my library.
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