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The New Canadian Pentecostals

By Adam Stewart
Subjects Religion, Waterloo Region
Series Editions SR Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771121408, 208 pages, September 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771121422, 208 pages, September 2015

Table of contents

Table of Contents for The New Canadian Pentecostals by Adam Stewart
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Chapter 1: Introduction
The Canadian Decline of the World's Fastest Growing Religion
The Transformation of Pentecostalism in Canada
Outline of the Chapters
Chapter 2: The Pentecostal Tradition
Defining Pentecostalism
Pentecostal Beginnings
Traditional Canadian Pentecostal Identity, Belief, and Practice
Chapter 3: The Churches and Their Pastors
Freedom in Christ
Elmira Pentecostal Assembly
Chapter 4: Generically Evangelical Religious Identity
Generic Evangelicalism
Traditional Denominational Identifiers
Latent Denominational Identifiers
Nondenominational Identifiers
Chapter 5: Spirit Baptism and Speaking in Tongues
Ignorance and Confusion Regarding Spirit Baptism
Spirity Baptism and the Question of Subsequence
Speaking in Tongues as Evidence of Spirit Baptism
The Purpose of Spirit Baptism
Chapter 6: Healing, Miracles, and other Supernatual Phenomena
Divine Healing
Angels, Demons, and Exorcism
Chapter 7: Conclusion


The New Canadian Pentecostals takes readers into the everyday religious lives of the members of three Pentecostal congregations located in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Using the rich qualitative and quantitative data gathered through participant observation, personal interviews, and surveys conducted within these congregations, Adam Stewart provides the first book-length study focusing on the specific characteristics of Canadian Pentecostal identity, belief, and practice. Stewart asserts that Pentecostalism remains an important tradition in the Canadian religious landscape—contrary to the assumptions of many Canadian sociologists and scholars of religion. Recent decreases in Canadian Pentecostal affiliation recorded by Statistics Canada are not the result of Pentecostals abandoning their congregations; rather, they are indicative of a radical transformation from traditionally Pentecostal to generically evangelical modes of religious identity, belief, and practice that are changing the ways that Pentecostals understand and explain their religious identities. The case study presented in this book suggests that a new breed of Canadian Pentecostals are emerging for whom traditional definitions and expressions of Pentecostalism are much less important than religious autonomy and individualism.