History of Pentecostalism

When did it all start?  Ask a Pentecostal, and they'll tell you "33 A.D. -- the Day of Pentecost!"  Well, this isn't the case exactly!  There have been a few brief movements throughout Christian history that resembled some aspects of Pentecostalism, a few people that "dabbled" in tongues -- but nothing that is really comparable, or has lasted as long as the modern movement.  What we know as the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement didn't really get started until the beginning of the 20th Century, at the Topeka and Azusa Street (LA) revivals.

There are hundreds of links in the internet about such histories, and a few of them are "lush" with their own dogma and jargon. To separate the history from the . . . well, garbage, I've assembled some of the best links detailing Pentecostal/Charismatic histories. Some of these links are from denominational resources within these movements, but those that are (and that I have chosen) have presented their past rather subjectively -- and without a lot of the Pentecostal hoopla.

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The Origins of the Pentecostal Movement*   From ORU, a history of the movement from Azusa to many of the many of the major denominations of today.  Surprisingly objective.

Assessing the Roots of Pentecostalism*   An interesting piece on the "make-up" of the Pentecostal movement, and how it grew to be the largest growing sector in Christianity.

Pentecostal History*   Timeline that traces Pentecostalism from early Catholic "heresies" to the modern movements.

Pentecostalism*   Religious Movements' online profile of the movement.

Pre-Pentecostalist History*   An article listing the events leading up to the Pentecostal movement.  Though objective in facts, it starts off a bit like a P/C pep rally.

Azusa Street Timeline*   A brief history of the "ground zero" location of this movement, listing its brief importance to the movement that eventually outgrew this little store-front.

Pentecostalism After Azusa*
  A description of the aftermath of Azusa on its spiritual descendents.  Briefly illustrates the beginning of the Church of God in Christ, the Foursquare Church, and the Oneness Movement.

On Some Movements* Brief notations on some of the "mutations" that sprang from the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement:  The "Latter Rain," "Word of Faith," and "Shepherding" movements.  Lists some non-Pentecostal oddities as well.

History of the Pentecostal Holiness Movement*

A Brief History of the United Pentecostal Church*

History of the Oneness Pentecostals*  

The Pentecostal Movement*   A sociological review of Pentecostalism and how it has affected society today.



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