The Spirit of Pentecost
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About "The Spirit of Pentecost"
This monograph shows that Australian Pentecostalism exhibits distinctive elements that do not fit accepted historical and sociological theories. Neither the deprivation theories of the 1970s and 80s nor more recent sociological and psychological explanations are adequate to explain its development. This work shows that the movement's major contribution to Australian Christianity lies in its rekindling of an openness to experiential religion, specifically through the baptism in the Holy Spirit accompanied by speaking in tongues, and that this has been both a strength and a weakness.
Meet the Author
Barry Chant was converted to Christ as a ten-year-old at a Scripture Union camp at Victor Harbour, South Australia, in 1949. He later studied at the University of Adelaide, where he majored in history, literature and education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with honours and a Diploma in Education. While working as a secondary school teacher, he studied for a Bachelor of Divinity degree through the Melbourne College of Divinity. He later completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary, Florida, USA, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Macquarie University, New South Wales (2000).
In 1962, he was ordained as a minister in the CRC Churches International. He pioneered and pastored several churches until 1979, when he and an associate founded Tabor College, a multi-denominational Christian education ministry with campuses in five Australian cities: Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. From 2003 to 2010, he was Senior Pastor of the Wesley International Congregation, Sydney, Australia. He is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences and church services in many denominations. He has written over twenty books ranging from theology to church history to victorious living to family life, including the popular Spindles series for children. He is married to Vanessa and they have three adult children and twelve grandchildren.