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Globalization and the Re-Shaping of Christianity in the Pacific Islands (review)

Globalization and the Re-Shaping of Christianity in the Pacific Islands (review) the contemporary pacific · 19:2 (2007) the identities, activities, and attitudes of local churches and para-church organizations. Here the similarities end. Winds of Change opens with a very useful gazetteer of "new religious groups" (the largest of which, as Ernst acknowledges, are only "new" in terms of their increasing popularity). Taking up almost a third of that earlier study, the survey provides background information on each denomination and supportive para-church organization, including basic beliefs, structure, funding, activities, cooperation with other sects, and distribution. This is replaced in Globalization by a short introductory chapter on the historical background of Pentecostal and Fundamentalist churches, which, regrettably, says next to nothing of the Mormons or about the key role played by para-church organizations in evangelizing activities on the global stage. The main innovation of the new study is the expansion of the national case studies from six to fourteen countries, with the significant addition of Papua New Guinea. The case studies are based on statistical research and hundreds of interviews with church officials, carried out by a team of ten scholars working from a standard framework devised in May 2002. Taking up nearly 80 percent of the text, they provide an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Globalization and the Re-Shaping of Christianity in the Pacific Islands (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 19 (2) – Aug 13, 2007

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the contemporary pacific · 19:2 (2007) the identities, activities, and attitudes of local churches and para-church organizations. Here the similarities end. Winds of Change opens with a very useful gazetteer of "new religious groups" (the largest of which, as Ernst acknowledges, are only "new" in terms of their increasing popularity). Taking up almost a third of that earlier study, the survey provides background information on each denomination and supportive para-church organization, including basic beliefs, structure, funding, activities, cooperation with other sects, and distribution. This is replaced in Globalization by a short introductory chapter on the historical background of Pentecostal and Fundamentalist churches, which, regrettably, says next to nothing of the Mormons or about the key role played by para-church organizations in evangelizing activities on the global stage. The main innovation of the new study is the expansion of the national case studies from six to fourteen countries, with the significant addition of Papua New Guinea. The case studies are based on statistical research and hundreds of interviews with church officials, carried out by a team of ten scholars working from a standard framework devised in May 2002. Taking up nearly 80 percent of the text, they provide an

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Published: Aug 13, 2007

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