Heaven Below by Grant A. Wacker
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Heaven Below
By Grant A. Wacker

Heaven Below

Early Pentecostals and American Culture

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Heaven Below by Grant A. Wacker

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In this history of the rise of pentecostalism in the United States, Grant Wacker gives an indepth account of the religious practices of pentecostal churches as well as an engaging picture of the way these beliefs played out in daily life. The core tenets of pentecostal belief - personal salvation, Holy Ghost baptism, divine healing, and anticipation of the Lord's imminent return - took root in the first quarter of the 20th century. Wacker examines the various aspects of pentecostal culture, including rituals, speaking in tongues, the authority of the Bible, the central role of Jesus in everyday life, the gifts of prophecy and healing, ideas about personal appearance, women's roles, race relations, attitudes toward politics and the government. Tracking the daily lives of pentecostals, and paying close attention to the voices of individual men and women, Wacker is able to identify the reason for the movement's spectacular success: a demonstrated ability to balance idealistic and pragmatic impulses, to adapt distinct religious convictions in order to meet the expectations of modern life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674011281
ISBN-10: 0674011287
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Religion in American Life by Grant A. Wacker Religion in American Life, Paperback (October 2011)

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Author Biography - Grant A. Wacker

Grant Wacker is Professor of Christian History, Duke University Divinity School.

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