In light of the recent methodological shift in scholarship from a Eurocentric hegemonic worldview to a trans-modern polycentric emphasis, Allan Anderson’s To the Ends of the Earth follows a similar departure in the studies of World Christianity to scholars like Lamin Sanneh, Philip Jenkins, Enrique Dussel and Dale Irvin. This new interpretation seeks to include and recover moments of the historical past of many cultures, traditions and voices, which have not always been part of the Western version or story. Anderson parts with the Western exclusive logic in order to explain Pentecostalism’s remarkable expansion and include the Pentecostal experiences of Africans, Asians and Latin Americans. For him, global Pentecostalism’s raison d’être is “fundamentally an ‘ends of the earth,’ missionary, polycentric, transnational religion” (1). Although the book’s multicultural and polycentric Pentecostals/Charismatics are the starting point for defining the present transformation of World Christianity, Anderson does not romanticize the indigenization of Pentecostalism nor does he discount the influence of the West—the early Pentecostal missions and missionaries. The title, To the Ends of the Earth , originates from Acts 1:8 and represents Pentecostalism’s primary pneumatological promise and mission, which serves to capture the movement’s ethos and effects on Christianity since the
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2014
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