CRCC to participate in the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion conference
CRCC Director of Research Richard Flory is the organizer of one session, while Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative grantee Henri Gooren will head two sessions featuring scholars conducting research across the globe.
Flory will moderate the following discussion:
- Networks of Charisma: Theorizing the rise of “Apostolic Leadership” in the new Pentecostalism, featuring PCRI grantee and CRCC Research Associate Brad Christerson of Biola University. Christerson will focus on the growth of new "apostolic networks" among neo-pentecostal and independent charismatic groups.
- Miracles, Healing and the Authentication of Faith: How the True Jesus Church Grows in China and Chinese Diaspora, with PCRI grantee Dr. Jiexia Zhai Autry. Autry is an investigator at The Case of The True Jesus Church, a study that explores the True Jesus Church Movement, an indigenous movement that originated in Mainland China and provides members with the experience of a vital religious life, a unique non-Trinitarian theology, and interpretations of Pentecostalism based on the miraculous.
- Pentecostalization and Modernity in El Salvador:, featuring Dr. Timothy Wadkins, chair of the Center for the Global Study of Religion at Canisius College. Wadkins' research focuses on the rapidly growing Pentecostal movement in El Salvador due to modernization.
- A Gang of Pentecostals: Understanding Pentecostal Practice in Brazilian Prisons through a Street Gang Perspective, featuring PCRI grantee Andrew Johnson, who will discuss the manifestations of Pentecostalism inside Brazilian prisons and the way Pentecostalism has replaced Catholicism as the dominating religion behind bars.
Gooren's first session is titled Pentecostalism in Motion and will examine the growth and effects of Pentecostalism and Charismatic Christianity in Latin America and Europe. The second program, titled The Catholic Charismatic Renewal , will focus on the emerging renewal movement within the Catholic church. Panelists will discuss the effects of the CCR movement particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil and El Salvador.
Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative seeks to define the characteristics of Pentecostal and Charismatic Religion, assess its spread, and discover the social and political consequences due to the emergence of this global religious movement.