Conversion and the transformation of culture in the Finnish Pentecostal movement

A religious community is composed of and by its members. It both transforms and reflects their styles. This article argues that a crucial aspect of cultural change is the process of identity-making through personal experience. In the development of any evangelical religious movement its second and t...

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Published in:Approaching religion
Main Author: Mantsinen, Teemu T.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2015]
In: Approaching religion
Year: 2015, Volume: 5, Issue: 1, Pages: 44-56
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Finland / Pentecostal churches / Conversion / Cultural change
IxTheo Classification:CB Christian life; spirituality
CH Christianity and Society
KBE Northern Europe; Scandinavia
KDG Free church
Further subjects:B Social classes
B Pentecostalism
B social mobility
B Group Identity
B Finland
B Revivals
B Organizational Change
B Christianity
B Identity
B Conversion
B Religious Change
B Scandinavia
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Summary:A religious community is composed of and by its members. It both transforms and reflects their styles. This article argues that a crucial aspect of cultural change is the process of identity-making through personal experience. In the development of any evangelical religious movement its second and third generations are especially important as they have a different experience of, and identification with, their religion than does the first generation. The Finnish Pentecostal movement has changed from being a radical to a more moderate movement because it has evolved in step with its members’ socialization. Based on my fieldwork and research I want to emphasise this difference between the experiences of the first and subsequent generations in explaining how a religious movement changes.
ISSN:1799-3121
Contains:Enthalten in: Approaching religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.30664/ar.67562