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Discreet Proto‐Pentecostals: The Catholic Apostolic Church in North America

Elliott, P. (2019) Discreet Proto‐Pentecostals: The Catholic Apostolic Church in North America. Journal of Religious History . Early View.

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Much recent work has been undertaken on the beginnings of Pentecostalism in North America, and its antecedents in the nineteenth century. These efforts have outlined the theological contributions of the Holiness movement, revivalism, and nineteenth‐century healing movements. One group that has been largely overlooked is the Edward Irving influenced Catholic Apostolic Church, which has been seen as making a minimal contribution as a precursor to Pentecostalism in general; it has especially been seen as peripheral in the Americas. This article will use contemporary newspapers and recently digitised primary sources to argue that the Catholic Apostolic Church was a significant force in the pre‐history of American and Canadian Pentecostalism, with hundreds of followers in key cities, regularly exhibiting prophecy and glossolalia throughout the second half of the nineteenth century.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © 2019 Religious History Association
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