Aimee Semple McPherson and the Making of Modern Pentecostalism, 1890-1926

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-21
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Pentecostalism was born at the turn of the twentieth century in a rundown, semi-industrial area of Los Angeles composed of a tombstone shop, saloons, livery stables and railroad frieght yards. One hundred years later Pentecostalism has not only proven to be the most dynamic representative of Christian faith in the past century, but a transnational religious phenomenon as well. Aimee Semple McPherson was Pentecostalism's first celebrity. Arriving in Southern California with her mother, two children and $100 in 1920, she quickly achieved the height of her fame. In Los Angeles she became a folk hero and civic institution. Hollywood discovered her when she brilliantly united the sacred with the profane. Anthony Quinn would play in the Temple band and Aimee would baptize Marilyn Monroe, counsel Jean Harlow and become friends with Charlie Chaplain, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

Author Biography

Chas. H. Barfoot received his theological education at Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He teaches at Arizona State University.

Table of Contents

Prefacp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
An Answered Prayerp. 1
Romance and Religionp. 25
Going to Nineveh by Way of Tarshisk: A Pentecostal Prophetessp. 41
Tents and Tabernacles: Camping in Canaan's Happy Landp. 57
Mother and Daughter en route to the Promised Landp. 78
Los Angelesp. 99
Azusa Street and Aimee of the Angelsp. 112
The Beautiful Woman in Whitep. 160
Blurring Boundaries and Open Doorsp. 198
Spiritual Healing in American Protestantism: Popular Religious Culture and High Church Culturep. 222
Barnstorming America and Building a House UntotheLordp. 232
San Diego: The Great Jumping-Off Placep. 249
Denver: Awake Beyond Any Cityp. 260
Northern California: Baptists and Congregationalistsp. 280
Rochester: 'The Most Antagonistic City" and The Burned-Over District Revisitedp. 299
Wichita: The Middle Roadp. 331
Oakland: The Interdenominational Foursquare Gospelp. 348
Angelus Temple: Multitudes and Miraclesp. 367
New Protestant Boundaries: Salvaging Methodism and Saving the Mainline by Purging Pentecostalism and Pushing it to the Peripheryp. 421
May 18, 1926p. 429
Resurrection in Arizonap. 462
Epilogue: Testimony, Peoples Religion, and the Search for Spiritualityp. 478
Notesp. 530
Bibliographyp. 590
Indexp. 617
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