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      A Pentecostal Modernity? Response to Charles Taylor’s “A Catholic Modernity?”

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          There are somewhere between 200 million and 600 million Pentecostal/ Charismatic Christians in the world today. Most of them live in the “majority world,” and two thirds are women. Pentecostals are proud of being modern and frequently boast of it. Yet “Pentecostal modernity” is not a straightforward clone of the intellectual and political history of Europe and the North Atlantic. It contains paradoxical elements that can be plausibly interpreted as evidence of purposefully moral selectiveness by Pentecostals among the items in the “modern” cultural program. They in effect help to “heal the wounds of modernity.” This account of Pentecostal modernity also seeks to show that in two particular respects Pentecostal modernity might be considered a “correction” of Charles Taylor’s western model of modernity: in regarding human flourishing as spiritually sanctioned; and in retaining a porous model of the self, vertically open to possession by the Spirit or by forces of evil, and horizontally open by retaining some “dividual” characteristics of embeddedness with others.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Journal
                NTT
                NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
                Amsterdam University Press (Amsterdam )
                2542-6583
                2590-3268
                September 2021
                : 75
                : 3/4
                : 337-370
                Affiliations
                University of London (Royal Holloway University of London), United Kingdom
                Article
                NTT2021.3/4.003.MART
                10.5117/NTT2021.3/4.003.MART
                671a448e-a665-4493-878a-24d2312b35f5
                © Bernice Martin
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                Pentecostal modernity,Catholic modernity,Charles Taylor,Pentecostalism,modes of the self,modernity

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