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The Competitive Spirits of Latin America

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Religious economy with its focus on the dynamics of competition gives insight into the larger Latin American trends confirmed by the new Pew survey.

Hillsong Church Founder Defends Handling Of Father's Sex Abuse Case

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey & Jonathan Merritt | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The founder of Hillsong, one of the most influential religious brands across the globe, on Thursday (Oct. 16) denied allegations that h...

Hillsong Church Pastors Won't Speak Out On Gays Because Jesus Didn't Either

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion

UPDDATE: Hillsong pastor Brian Houston has issued an update to his original statement. You can find that information here. Hillsong Church's Ne...

Pentecostal Titans Macedo and Malafaia Square Off in Brazilian Elections

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pentecostal presidential candidate Marina Silva didn't make it into the runoff against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, but her charismatic faith remains a significant factor in the final round of voting.

Hillsong

Martin Marty | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chica...

Women's Rights, Immigration, Slavery, Martyrdom: Pentecost as Liberation

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The word "Pentecostal" has implications that, unless you identify already as a Pentecostal Christian, is usually a bit of a turnoff. But if we consider the Pentecost story -- the birth of the Christian Church, as many understand it -- as a story of liberation, it's actually pretty exciting.

Roma

Martin Marty | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Biblically informed observers observe that there is something biblically-nuanced about movements which, though obscure and once-powerless, are now changing the Christian Church in European and other parts, while the big and powerful churches rarely prosper. Yes, how ironic.

Strutting With the Spirit: A Proposal for Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

However we preach, whatever we teach, whenever we speak, we should be prepared. How? Through a life of study, the practice of learning, even the discipline of memorizing.

Pope Francis Joins the 'Samba School' of Charismatic Catholicism

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis is a charismatic. Though I made the case for this in another HuffPost blog almost a year ago, the Argentine pontiff's penchant for Spirit-centered Catholicism has been one of the most underreported aspects of his dynamic papacy.

Pentecost 2014: History, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls this year on Sunday, June 8. History The second chapter of the Book o...

Pentecostalization and Pluralization: The New Latino Religious Landscape

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The most salient trend, by far, is the impressive pluralization of Latino religiosity. On one hand, Catholicism is no longer the hegemonic faith among Latinos.

Snake Handling and the Gospel of Mark

Michael Gilmour | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

This strange early twentieth-century expression of religious faith is not widespread -- confined to a small number of churches in the southeastern United States -- but has its roots in a literal reading of a cluster of biblical metaphors.

El Chapo Guzman's Patron Saints

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The capture of el Chapo, the world's most powerful drug lord, has thrust his hometown folk saint, Jesus Malverde into the media spotlight.

Pentecostal Groups Vow To End Racial Divide

Religious News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When he was a boy, the Rev. Thomas Barclay noticed a difference between the worshippers of his small Pentecostal denomination and churches he vi...

Faith Healing Couple Will Go To Jail For Son's Death

Religious News Service | Amanda Murphey | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A Pentecostal couple who believes in faith healing has been sentenced to 3 1/2 to seven years in prison for neglecting to take their sick son to...

Does Castaway's Tattoo Reveal His Religion?

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Like so many other aspects of his story, the nature of the castaway's faith remains cloaked in mystery.

Pope of Paradox

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

What are we to make of Pope Francis so far? Is he a cautious reformer? A fence straddler? A middle of the road compromiser trying to please everyone all around?

Fire in the Pews: Pentecostal-Catholic Competition Reviving Religion in Latin America

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Greater attendance at Mass. The flowering of a Catholic charismatic movement with lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that also shares the Pentecostal commitment to evangelism. And a revered global leader emerging from its ranks.

What Might Be Right About Preachers of LA

Dr. Keri Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dr. Keri Day

I am suggesting that the irony of this show is that the very ideals these preachers are lifting up as emulative are the practices that are providing impetus for what people within these communities are coming to see as wrong.

Pope Francis, the Charismatic Liberationist

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

While the Argentine pontiff weighs in on diverse issues in his groundbreaking interview, he clearly emerges as a pastor who is profoundly influenced by what have been two competing tendencies in the Latin American church.

Pentecostals Today

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

The 20th century chapter of Christ's church was written by this Pentecostal outpouring, a revival movement of global proportion. No longer the brunt of jokes, it is now a church in which one can say "Pentecostal theologian" without a snicker.

The Pope May Be Argentine But 'God Is Brazilian'

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

If the Vatican's New Evangelization campaign is to have any chance at revitalizing the faith in Brazil and Latin America it must harness the spirited dynamism of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

7 Signs of a Gay-Friendly Congregation

David Briggs | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

It is difficult to stereotype. Individual congregations, not denominations, ultimately decide how they will respond to gay and lesbian worshippers.

Pope Francis' Informal Exorcism, Latin American Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As shocking as it may be to some observers and Catholics in the Global North, Pope Francis' informal exorcism neatly captures the rise of the Global South, where prayers for deliverance from evil are common Catholic currency.

Pope Francis And The Preferential Option For The Latin American Poor

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Between losses to charismatic Protestantism and a growing number of the religiously unaffiliated, especially among the region's impoverished youth, Catholicism in Latin America finds itself at a critical juncture. New Evangelization will thus most likely become the focal point of Pope Francis' papacy.