9780814797303: Hardback
Release Date: 16th May 2011

9780814797310: Paperback
Release Date: 16th May 2011

9780814789070: PDF
Release Date: 16th May 2011

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 271

Series Religion, Race, and Ethnicity

NYU Press


Black Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in History and Culture

Hardback / £77.00
Paperback / £24.99
PDF / £28.00

In 2006, the contemporary American Pentecostal movement celebrated its 100th birthday. Over that time, its African American sector has been markedly influential, not only vis-à-vis other branches of Pentecostalism but also throughout the Christian church. Black Christians have been integrally involved in every aspect of the Pentecostal movement since its inception and have made significant contributions to its founding as well as the evolution of Pentecostal/charismatic styles of worship, preaching, music, engagement of social issues, and theology. Yet despite its being one of the fastest growing segments of the Black Church, Afro-Pentecostalism has not received the kind of critical attention it deserves.

Afro-Pentecostalism brings together fourteen interdisciplinary scholars to examine different facets of the movement, including its early history, issues of gender, relations with other black denominations, intersections with popular culture, and missionary activities, as well as the movement’s distinctive theology. Bolstered by editorial introductions to each section, the chapters reflect on the state of the movement, chart its trajectories, discuss pertinent issues, and anticipate future developments.

Contributors: Estrelda Y. Alexander, Valerie C. Cooper, David D. Daniels III, Louis B. Gallien, Jr., Clarence E. Hardy III, Dale T. Irvin, Ogbu U. Kalu, Leonard Lovett, Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Cheryl J. Sanders, Craig Scandrett-Leatherman, William C. Turner, Jr., Frederick L. Ware, and Amos Yong

 1 Introduction: Black Tongues of Fire
 Estrelda Y. Alexander and Amos Yong 
Part I: Origins 
 2 The Azusa Street Mission and Historic Black Churches
 Cecil M. Robeck Jr. 
 3 Navigating the Territory
 David D. Daniels III 
Part II: Gender and Culture
 4 Laying the Foundations for Azusa
 Valerie C. Cooper 
 5 Church Mothers and Pentecostals in the Modern Age
 Clarence E. Hardy III 
 6 Rites of Lynching and Rights of Dance
 Craig Scandrett-Leatherman
 7. Crossing Over Jordan
 Louis B. Gallien Jr. 
Part III: Prophetic Ethics 
 8. Pentecostal Ethics and the Prosperity Gospel
 Cheryl J. Sanders 
 9. Ethics in a Prophetic Mode
 Leonard Lovett 
Part IV: Pneumatology 
 10. Pneumatology
 William C. Turner Jr. 
 11. On the Compatibility/Incompatibility of Pentecostal Premillennialism with Black Liberation Theology
 Frederick L. Ware 
Part V: Afro-Pentecostalism in Global Context 
 12. Black Joseph
 Ogbu U. Kalu 
 13. Meeting Beyond These Shores
 Dale T. Irvin 
 Select Bibliography 

Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is most recently the author Hospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor.

Estrelda Y. Alexander is a Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Executive Director of the Seymour Pan-African Pentecostal Project. She is co-editor (with Amos Yong) of Philip’s Daughters: Women in Pentecostal-Charismatic Leadership, among other works.

"Afro-Pentecostalism is an excellent interdisciplinary study of the past, present, and future of the African American Pentecostal movement, demonstrating that it is far more than what many other black Protestants have perceived it to be."-The Journal of African American History

“An important, pioneering and multidisciplinary collection from some of the best scholars in this field. The contribution of Afro-Pentecostalism in shaping the religious history of Christianity in the twentieth century is expertly discussed and false presuppositions exposed. No student of Pentecostalism will want to be without this book.”

-Allan Anderson,University of Birmingham, UK

“A groundbreaking collection by several generations of scholars of African American religious history, theology, and ethics. A must read for anyone serious about the study of the larger Pentecostal and Charismatic movements in particular and the American Christian church and its missions in general.”

-A.G. Miller,Oberlin College
"The essays are evenly written throughout, well researched, illuminating, and highly informative."
-W.J. Pankey,Choice