How Global Pentecostalism is Changing the World
The Templeton Report, the newsletter of the John Templeton Foundation, reported on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative's meetings in Quito, Ecuador, in May. PCRI is funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation and is headed by CRCC Executive Director Don Miller.
The report talks about the findings from the investigators' research projects that were discussed at the meetings in Quito. Miller, along with grantee William Kay (Asian Pentecostal Church Growth) and Kimon Sargeant, Templeton's vice president for human sciences, are quoted in the article.
"There are Pentecostal and charismatic Christians living under all kinds of political regimes and, although the climate may be favorable at the moment, there are those who have scars on them from discrimination inflicted by totalitarian regimes," Kay told the Templeton Report.
"We did try to talk about the conditions of religious freedom and the way in which Christians might contribute to political dialogue as a way of ensuring that freedom is constantly maintained. Historically, it is very difficult to see how freedom can be guaranteed in the future because political conditions can and do change, especially in societies that are open to influence from outside."