Chapter 37. Holiness and Pentecostalism

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Jonathan R. Baer Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch37

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Baer, J. R. (2010) Holiness and Pentecostalism, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch37

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • Holiness and Pentecostalism;
  • Holiness and Pentecostal traditions, having their historical roots in eighteenth-century revival within Anglicanism, Methodism;
  • growth bringing social prominence and cultural influence to Methodism;
  • Holiness bodies that left Methodism - becoming independent, as well as new Holiness churches;
  • Holiness Movement - Wesleyan teaching of holiness thriving in early years of the Second Great Awakening;
  • 1850s Holiness advocating using language - drawn from early chapters of book of Acts;
  • Quaker Hannah Whitall Smith, exercising significant leadership in Holiness movement - The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life;
  • Pentecostalism, any religious movement - question of origins being crucial;
  • Pentecostalism, out of radical Holiness - context of heightened spiritual expectations;
  • worldwide growth of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity - in the past half-century


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Holiness Movement

  • Pentecostalism

  • Bibliography