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The New Canadian Pentecostals

By Adam Stewart
Subjects Religion, Social Science, Sociology, 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.