Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity Is Taking Over the World

Book review: Elle Hardy charts the faith’s fervent march on the secular world

The idea that modernity would eventually cause religion to wither away is perhaps a peculiarly European belief. After all the continent is now the most secularised on Earth. But in other parts of the world various beliefs are thriving with their practitioners posing a direct challenge to those who would equate modernity with secularism.

In recent decades, European society has perhaps best experienced this contest through arguments over how to accommodate the continent’s Islamic communities. Yet the fastest-growing rival to the secularists’ vision for the world is not Islam or Hinduism but a movement that emerged from a small church in downtown Los Angeles in 1906.

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