Book Reviews / Pneuma 30 (2008) 315-370 331 Anthea D. Butler, Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007). xiii + 165 pp. $55.00 cloth; $18.95 paperback. While the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is the largest African-American Pentecostal denomination in the United States today, boasting a worldwide membership in excess of five million, the historical roles and perspectives of women in the COGIC have been the subject of much theological discussion and debate since the early 1900s, when fol- lowing the Azusa Street outpouring, and the Holiness movement, many women, citing Joel 2:29, declared that the same anointing that fell on men to preach the gospel, fell on them also, and unsuccessfully sought confirmation of their calling from pastors and religious leaders. In this seminal work , Anthea Butler provides an in-depth historical analysis of the Women’s Department of The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), and the many women (and some men) who were instrumental in shaping and influencing the roles of women within the larger COGIC. Butler’s study focuses largely on the period from 1911-1964. She begins by tracing his- tory
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