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