Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing
Candy Gunther Brown
Candy Gunther Brown received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000. She is an associate professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, and the author of The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789-1880.
Michael Bergunder is Professor of History of Religions and Mission Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is the author of The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2008).
Rebecca Pierce Bomann is an independent scholar trained in sociology at Hamilton College. She is the author of Faith in the Barrios: The Pentecostal Poor in Bogotá [Colombia] (Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Reinner/Eurospan, 1999).
Catherine Bowler (Ph.D. Duke University) is Assistant Professor of Religion at Duke University. Her dissertation is entitled "Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel" (2010).
Candy Gunther Brown (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. She is the author of The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789-1880 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004). The present book is part of a multi-volume project on spiritual healing practices, pentecostalism, and globalization.
R. Andrew Chesnut (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles) is the Walter F. Sullivan Chair for Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of Competitive Spirits: Latin America's New Religious Economy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), and Born Again in Brazil: The Pentecostal Boom and the Pathogens of Poverty (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1997). Forthcoming in 2010 is his latest book, Devoted to Death: The Burgeoning New Cult of Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.
Simon Coleman (Ph.D. Cambridge University) is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sussex, England. His many books include The Globalisation of Charismatic Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000); Pilgrimage Past and Present in the World Religions, with J. Elsner (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995); and An Introduction to Anthropology, with H. Watson (London: Quintet, 1990). He is currently writing about hospital chaplaincies in the UK and Nigerian pentecostals in the UK and Nigeria.
Harvey Cox (Ph.D. Harvard University) is the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of forty-four books, including Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1995); The Feast of Fools: A Theological Essay on Festivity and Fantasy (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1969) was nominated for the National Book Prize; and The Secular City: Secularization and Urbanization in Theological Perspective (New York: Macmillan, 1965) became an international bestseller and was selected by the University of Marburg as one of the most influential books of Protestant theology in the twentieth century.
Thomas J. Csordas (Ph.D. Duke University) is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. His books include Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and
Globalization (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009); Body/Meaning/Healing (New York: Palgrave, 2002); Language, Charisma, and Creativity: The Ritual Life of a Religious Movement (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997); and The Sacred Self: A Cultural Phenomenology of Charismatic Healing (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994).
Heather D. Curtis (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Assistant Professor of Religion at Tufts University. She received the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Price of the American Society of Church History for her book Faith in the Great Physician: Suffering and Divine Healing in American Culture, 1860-1900 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
Gastón Espinosa (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara) is the Arthur V. Stoughton Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College. His work has appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, The Annuals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Pneuma: Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He is President of La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion, American Academy of Religion.
Paul Gifford (MLitt Oxford) is Professor of African Christianity at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. He is the author of Christianity, Politics and Public Life in Kenya (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009); Ghana's New Christianity: Pentecostalism in a Globalising African Economy (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004); African Christianity: It's Public Role (London: Hurst, 1998); and Christianity and Politics in Doe's Liberia (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
Sean C. Kim (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Associate Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Central Missouri. He is the author of The Forgotten Home Front: Photographs of Pusan, 1952-54, with Lisa Barbash (Cambridge, Mass.: Peabody Museum Press, forthcoming); his dissertation is entitled, "Christianity in Colonial Korea: The Culture and Politics of Proselytization" (2004).
Matthew Marostica (Ph.D., J.D. University of California, Berkeley) is a political scientist and litigation attorney. His dissertation is entitled "Pentecostals and Politics: The Creation of the Evangelical Christian Movement in Argentina, 1983-1993" (1997).
Gotthard Oblau (Ph.D. Frankfurt/M. University) is a pastor in the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland (Germany) and a former staff associate of the Amity Foundation of the China Christian Council (1985-1997). His books include Chinesische Studierende in Deutschland: Chancen Christlicher Begegnung [Chinese Studying in Germany: Chances of Christian Meeting] (Hamburg: EMW, 2006); Kein Geheimnis Christ Zu Sein. Lebens-Bilder aus Chinas Gemeinden Heute [No Secret Christians: Life Stories from Christian Congregations in China Today], with Claudia Währisch-Oblau (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Aussaat, 1992); and Gotteszeit und Menschenzeit: Eschatologie in der Kirchlichen Dogmatik von Karl Barth [God Time and People Time: Eschatology in the Church Dogmatic by Karl Barth] (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1988).
Cephas Omenyo (Ph.D. University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, M.Phil. University of Ghana, Legon) is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. He is the author of Pentecost outside Pentecostalism: A Study of the Development of Charismatic Renewal in the Mainline Church in Ghana (Zoetermeer, 2002); and The Ongoing Encounter between Christianity and African Culture: A Case Study of Girls' Nubility Rite of the Krobos (Adwensa Publishers, 2001).
Arlene Sánchez Walsh (Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University) is Associate Professor of Church History and Latino Church Studies at Azusa Pacific University. She received the Hispanic Theological Initiative's Book Award for her book Latino Pentecostal Identity: Evangelical Faith, Self and Society (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003). She is working on a book on Latin@ Word of Faith churches and a textbook, Pentecostalism in America (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming).
Angela Tarango (Ph.D. Duke University) is Assistant Professor of Religions of the Americas in the Department of Religion at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Her dissertation is entitled "Choosing the Jesus Way: The Assemblies of God's Home Missions Program and the Development of a Native American Pentecostal Identity" (2009).
Claudia Währisch-Oblau (Ph.D. Heidelberg University) is the Executive Secretary for Evangelism of the United Evangelical Mission, a community of churches on three continents, the former coordinator of the United Evangelical Mission's "Program for Cooperation between German and Migrant Churches," and a former staff associate of the Amity Foundation of the China Christian Council. She is the author of The Missionary Self-Perception of Pentecostal / Charismatic Church Leaders from the Global South in Europe: Bringing Back the Gospel (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2009); and Kein Geheimnis Christ Zu Sein: Lebens-Bilder aus Chinas Gemeinden Heute [No Secret Christians: Life Stories from Christian Congregations in China Today], with Gotthard Oblau (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Aussaat, 1992).