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The objective in compiling this bibliography was to find as many English language books and dissertations on Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity as possible and from this to develop a core list that would be a resource for anyone doing research on these subjects. The sources consulted were WorldCat, Dissertation Abstracts, Google Books and the USC Libraries Catalog. There are over 4,000 titles in the bibliography, including scholarly works as well as primary source materials that include testimonies, manuals, sermons, hymnals and devotionals. The work of assembling this resource was done by graduate assistant Jong Jung under the direction of Deborah Holmes-Wong.
Several issues had an impact on what went into the list.
“Pentecostal” vs. “Evangelical”
While this bibliography strives to capture the broadest definitions of the terms Pentecostal and charismatic, many who are not intimately familiar with Pentecostalism treat it as if it is synonymous with evangelical Christianity or Christian fundamentalism. Most of the time this is done by those indexing and describing the books, but occasionally scholars and journalists also conflate these terms. This bibliography should only contain works about evangelical Christianity or Christian fundamentalism when they also pertain to Pentecostalism or the charismatic movement within a particular evangelical Christian community.
Establishing a beginning date for Pentecostalism as a movement is a subject of much debate. This bibliography includes works where the authors use “Pentecostal” to describe Christian spirituality and/or theology regardless of the date. This means there are works which discuss the early Christian church as well as communities from later periods of time.
“Scholarly” vs.” Popular”
The bibliography contains a mix of scholarly and popular works. We have included popular works, devotionals, and other works for laypeople under the assumption that these works will serve as primary source materials for scholars.
This bibliography, although long, makes no claims to be comprehensive. We are using Zotero to manage the bibliography, in the hope that others who participated in the Templeton funded Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative will join the Zotero Group, add more resources to the list, and use this as a forum to share information about research on Pentecostalism.