The beliefs and practices of Catholic and Pentecostal churches may seem divergent, but the two have many commonalities. Their style of worship differs, but they agree on some of the most central issues of the Christian faith. They teach that God the Father sent his Son Jesus Christ to Earth to die sacrificially, and that Christ conquered death after three days in the grave.
This academic paper by Paul Palma was first presented at the meeting of the Center for Renewal Studies. Less technical readers may want to start with the more accessible conclusion. Introduction The early Pentecostal movement expanded among those seeking a more dynamic and vital religious experience.
For some this entailed transition through one or more pre-Pentecostal traditions. The first Italian Pentecostals were Roman Catholic converts who transitioned through Protestant and independent Holiness stages before arriving to the Pentecostal movement. The guiding motivation for their progress from one denomination to the next was dissatisfaction with conventional orthodoxy and the pursuit of an intuitive, affective spirituality.
Italian Americans found in Pentecostalism a middle ground between the excesses of formalism and sectarianism. This essay examines the spiritual formation of early Italian Pentecostals.
First, I provide an overview of the religious journey of Italian Pentecostals, tracing their progress from Roman Catholicism and Protestant denominational churches, to an independent-holiness context, and finally to the Pentecostal movement.
Second, I examine the social psychology undergirding their spiritual transformation. In Vision of the Disinherited, Robert M. The crisis experience of Spirit baptism initiated renewal and revitalization, sustained through charismatic fellowship and aesthetic practices.
In Fire from Heaven Harvey Cox described Italian Pentecostal theology as being rooted in a primal spirituality including a new appreciation for feminine imagery and participation of women in congregational life.
Aesthetic practices were conveyed through hymns, prayers, gestures, and literature characterizing the early Italian Pentecostal movement. Religious Trajectory of the Italian Pentecostals The Italian Pentecostal movement formed among a community of immigrants in the first decade of the twentieth century.
Italians entered America as nominal and devout Catholics. Growing anticlericalism and distrust for American Catholicism, dominated at that time by the Irish Church, forced many Italians to veer from their ethnoreligious roots.
Some ventured to Protestant churches. The first Italian Pentecostals were Presbyterians-turned evangelical Holiness believers. The movement of Italians to increasingly revivalistic churches provides the conceptual framework for understanding the spiritual formation of the first Italian Pentecostals.
The creation of the Italian Evangelical Mission in Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century redefined Italian ethnoreligious identity.
Beginning as a community of independent Holiness believers, this congregation emerged from the spiritual vacancy created by a neglectful American Catholic Church and the rigid demands of mainline Protestantism.
Luigi Francescon and Pietro Ottolini assumed the leadership responsibilities of the Evangelical Mission. Francescon emigrated in and converted among a group of Waldensians before cofounding the First Italian Presbyterian Church of Chicago. Ottolini emigrated inconverted from Catholicism through an independent evangelist, and later joined the First Italian Presbyterian Church.Aug 09, · According to a Pew Forum analysis of estimates from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are about million pentecostal Christians and million charismatic Christians in .
Some examples of Pentecostal denominations and faith groups are Assemblies of God, Church of God, Full-Gospel churches, and Pentecostal Oneness churches. History of Pentecostalism in America Charles Fox Parham is a prominent figure in the history of the Pentecostal movement.
Global Christianity is exploding especially among Pentecostal and charismatic churches and movements in part because of this convergence of spiritual instincts and sensibilities.
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pentecostal and charismatic christianity This form of Christianity centers on the emotional, mystical, and supernatural: miracles, signs, wonders, and "the gifts of the Spirit" (charismata), especially "speaking in tongues" (glossolalia), faith healing, and "casting out demons" (exorcism).
Multiply Christian Network The Jesus Fellowship Church, which is also known as the Jesus Army, is a UK-based evangelical Christian church with a charismatic emphasis and Baptist roots. The Multiply Christian Network is their link with other churches and groups in the UK and overseas.
Pentecostalism may be viewed as a subset of the Charismatic movement, which may also include some Catholic members who identify themselves as being charismatic, but these religious elements deviate from the mainstream Roman Catholic theology (as seen in the attached comparison chart).