Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pentecostalism is the fastest-growing religion in the world

According to USC's Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion Donald Miller, Pentecostalism is winning disciples in developing countries throughout the world.

Professor Miller documented the expansion of Pentecostalism in his book Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement, which he co-authored with Tetsunao Yamamori.

For Miller, Pentecostalism is a complex social movement within Protestantism, which reveals many different strains. Central to Pentecostalism, though, is the presence of the Holy Spirit. Accordingly, Professor Miller characterized Pentecostalism as the fastest-growing faith in the world, with numbers of followers that are second only to the Catholic Church.

The New York Theological Seminary is an institution dedicated to the study of global religions and faith. The seminary espouses beliefs in multiculturalism, diversity, religious tolerance and social justice in its mission to prepare men and women, from every background, for careers in ministry.

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