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p. 1208. Studies and surveyslocked

  • William K. Kay


‘Studies and surveys’ explains that much of the examination of Pentecostalism has been concerned with miracles, speaking in tongues, and prophetic utterances from a psychological point of view. Recent studies have produced evidence for the therapeutic benefits of charismatic activities and the emotional stability of Pentecostals. Larger-scale statistical surveys attempt to understand its progress and diversification and to predict its possible future trajectory. The political and cultural effects of Pentecostalism are likely to excite contrasting interest both from those who support its generally conservative morality and its humanitarian enterprises and from those who oppose its religious foundations and its model of an interventionist God at work in a materialist world.

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