Resisting the trend?: Pentecostal growth in twentieth century Canada
LE3 .A278 1996
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis is an investigation into two of the predominant themes in contemporary religious theory. This is an exploration of Pentecostalism as part of the broader evangelical community in Canada. It is also an investigation into the secularization process, which has dominated the religious landscape over the course of the latter half of this century. Thus, a descriptive analysis of the Pentecostal movement in Canada is presented, including its birth as a religious movement and the various reasons why it arose and grew. Its subsequent growth in the era of secularization is then analyzed. It is suggested that Pentecostalism along with other evangelicals have fared better than the mainline churches in the face of secularization, but their rates of growth have nonetheless diminished in the past fifteen years. In this manner, it is argued that even this high flying, religious group is succumbing to the pressures of secularization.
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