Changing Pentecostal Churches in Europe
Past, Present and Future
Sociological theories offer a measure of predictive power over the future of Pentecostal churches in Europe. Such theories are preferable to metaphorical descriptions which also implicitly predict likely outcomes. If Europe continues to foster liberal democracy and secular states function as neutral arbiters in countries where competing religious and irreligious groups struggle for influence, one may expect Pentecostal churches to grow and diversify while being open to periodic waves of spiritual renewal.
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