The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century
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ISBN/ASIN : 0802841031
Manufacturer : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company|
Release data : August, 1997
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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.
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.
An Excellent Introduction
Synan's "The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition" is in fact a thoroughly revised version of his "The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition in the United States" published in 1971. Whilst this revision was intended to broaden the scope of the work to include the worldwide expansion of Pentecostalism this book is still predominately focussed on the USA. However, as a scholarly introduction of Pentecostalism it is probably without equal bothin its broad scope and also its accessibility to those unversed in Pentecostal history (I would probably include most pentecostals in this group)!
This book is well documented and therefore anyone wanting to research more is able to, however, I felt that a indicative `suggested reading' of the main sources for each of the different pentecostalisms (Classical, Neo-Pentecostal and Third Wave) would have been helpful.
Overall though this is definitely recommended