Robert Franklin and Margaret Poloma —
Pentecostalism in America

Pentecostalism began on the American frontier, and it has become one of the largest expressions of global Christianity. In less than a century, it has grown to hundreds of millions of adherents. Today, Pentecostalism is pan-denominational. There are charismatic Catholics and Lutherans, unaffiliated Pentecostal communities, and established Pentecostal traditions, most prominently the Assemblies of God.

Host Krista Tippett speaks with a theologian about the rise of Pentecostal worship among African-Americans in every denomination and a sociologist on her study of modern day Pentecostals — whom she sees as mystics among us.

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Robert Franklin

is Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a senior fellow at the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion at Emory University.

is the author of Main Street Mystics: The Toronto Blessing & Reviving Pentecostalism and Professor Emeritus at the University of Akron.

Selected Readings

Acts 2:1-41

Read the scriptural text that describes the Pentecost, during which the early disciples recieved the Holy Spirit, and spoke in tongues.

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