Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish
November 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
1. A Cultural Revolution: Sources, Character, Niches.
2. North America and Europe: Contrasts in Receptivity.
3. Latin America: A Template?.
4. Latin America: Ambiguity in Different Cultural Sectors.
5. Indigenous Peoples.
8. Trying Conclusions: A Global Option?.
- Offers a guide to the rise and spread of Pentecostalism and charismatic Christianity across five continents.
- Explains why and how the Pentecostal movement crosses cultural boundaries.
- Raises substantive issues for the future of Christianity
- Written by a leading sociologist of religion.
"David Martin ranks as one of the leading scholarly interpreters
of world pentecostalism and its 'charismatic penumbra'. In this
work he once again demonstrates his mastery of the cultural
dynamics that have informed the movement's global sweep, as well as
the differences that have marked sub-traditions, territories,
localities and social groupings. Challenging glib secularization
theories, Martin persuasively traces the functionality of
pentecostal spirituality in modern society. He combines the rigor
of the sociologist with the narrative skill of the historian,
readily crisscrossing the boundaries that have separated those
disciplines. The book is witty, elegantly written, and brimming
with insights as sage as they are subtle." Grant Wacker, Duke
"[Many] questions come teeming out of Professor Martin's
instructive pages as he turns his attention to other parts of the
world, for which Latin America is merely a template." Times
"David Martin...is a doyen of British sociology of religion. It
is good to have a new book from him on this important issue. His
main interest has been in South America, although he shows that he
is fully aware that Pentecostalism is just as strong in many parts
of Africa. [He offers] a fascinating and important picture."
"The textured approach to the varieties of cultures and
different inculturations of Pentecostalism both enhances the
quality of the study and the usefulness of the book." Jeffrey
Gros, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs of the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
"This work of synthesis constitutes for years to come a
privileged reference point, for whoever works on Pentecostalism or
Secularization." Archives de Sciences Sociales
"A scholar not only of profound learning but considerable
originiality. Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish
sustains his reputation as one of the best sociologists of religion
in the world." Reviews of Religious Research
"This book demonstrates...that having been so much of a pioneer
in the study of religion and globalisation, Martin remains a major
authority. It represents sophisticated and thought-provoking
scholarship for all those concerned to map the changing dynamics of
contemporary Christianity." Modern Believing
"Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish is the newest
effort on the subject of contemporary Pentecostalism by one of
today's leading sociologists of religion, David Martin. This book,
a work of sweeping reach and comprehensive synthesis aimed at
examining Pentecostalism in a global context ..." Journal of
"A trail-blazing book, then, on a spiritual fire that has
encircled the world within a century." William K. Kay, Reviews
in Religion and Theology
"The book offers insightful interpretations, clear
conceptualizations, and a richness of empirical overview that is
reminiscent of Max Weber's writing. It nicely synthesizes much of
the recent literature on its theme. Perhaps most significantly,
Martin demonstrates how religion, even and especially the
apolitical religion of the culturally despised subaltern, is a
regular feature of the global social landscape: not a remnant, not
a faute de mieux, but a vital resource for getting along in
this world. As such, it will be of interest to anyone who seeks a
better understanding of the global society in which we all live."
American Journal of Sociology
"This book on Pentecostalism is a good complement to Martin's
earlier exploration of contemporary evangelical growth, usefully
pulling together many strands of recent research on Pentecostalism.
As usual, Martin combines his sociological rigor with his attention
to cultural and historical matters, giving us a broad picture of
Pentecostalism within the framework of a wider sociological
theory." The Journal of Religion
"Well-written, informative, and full of stimulating thoughts,
this book is a 'must' not only for those involved in the study of
Pentecostal-charismatic churches and searching for a more
encompassing perspective, but for anyone contemplating the future
of religion in the twenty-first century." Journal of
"Martin surverys, sympathetically but critically, "the largest
global shift in the religious market place over the last 40 years"
and relates it in both sociological and historical terms to
cultural change." Choice
"His discussions on the economic empowerment of Pentecostalism and the repudiation of secularization alone make this book worth reading." Missiology