Paul J. Palma

Paul J. Palma
Regent University · School of Divinity

Ph.D. in Theology

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This chapter evaluates the ecclesial polity of the Christian Congregation, Christian Assembly, and Brazilian Assemblies of God as they ventured from their congregational mores, integrating presbyterial and (for the AD) episcopal elements. It examines various models of polity, the “layperson” makeup of the movements, and the broader context of liber...
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This chapter looks at the historico-cultural context behind the shaping of the Christian Congregation and Assemblies of God on Brazilian soil. The migrant underpinnings of the respective Italian and Swedish American founders contributed to high mobility as Pentecostalism extended its reach among the Brazilian populace. Although initial expansion pr...
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This chapter examines the dialectic between the initial holiness ethic of the Christian Congregation, Christian Assembly, and Brazilian Assemblies of God, and the increasing politicization of Brazilian Pentecostalism. The holiness ethic of the movements is tied to a separatistic penchant which has been a distancing factor, even from other pentecost...
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This chapter considers how the reverse mission phenomenon contributes to the shape of Pentecostalism in North America. Now found throughout North America, Brazilian migrant pentecostal churches shelter ethnic identity while providing an outreach platform among the Portuguese-speaking population. Although Christian Congregation growth in Brazil has...
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This chapter explores the Christian Congregation, Christian Assembly, and Brazilian Assemblies of God’s shifting attitudes toward dress and ministry. In contrast to the tempering dress code (including the wearing of head coverings, “the veil”), restrictions on women in ministry have tended to intensify over the twentieth century (especially on the...
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This chapter surveys the emergence of the Christian Assembly as an integral hub of Southern Cone Pentecostalism. Pioneered by Francescon among the Italian diaspora in Argentina, the Christian Assembly became the country’s largest group of pentecostals by the middle of the twentieth century. Inundated with controversy and division, it witnessed a st...
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This chapter considers the marked discrepancies in numerical growth among the movements from the early 1960s onward. While the Christian Congregation and Brazilian Assemblies of God chart a similar trajectory through the mid-century mark, thereafter, the former’s expansion tapers, while the latter’s rises steeply. I assess the respective growth rat...
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This chapter explores the precursors of the Italian and Swedish branches of the first wave, assessing the convergence of old-world influences with US and Brazilian sources. I consider the interweaving and variations of holiness, Reformed-evangelical, and folk-religious streams in the genesis of each movement. This chapter explores the significance...
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With expansion into new global frontiers, classical Brazilian Pentecostalism stands at a critical precipice. CC growth has stalled, and AD membership shows signs of declining. This concluding chapter inquires whether the CC can recover the dynamic growth of its early years and considers avenues for rehabilitating the AD. I explore further the broad...
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This book offers an historical and comparative profile of classical pentecostal movements in Brazil and the United States in view of their migratory beginnings and transnational expansion. Pentecostalism’s inception in the early twentieth century, particularly in its global South permutations, was defined by its grassroots character. In contrast to...
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"Embracing Our Roots" considers the significance of unearthing our ancestral history in a society where many are forced to repress, ignore, or reject their heritage. A nation of immigrants, every American is, in some sense, an "ethnic" American and stands to gain from considering how the people and places they come from make them unique. In additio...
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This book examines the roots, inception, and expansion of Pentecostalism among Italian Americans to demonstrate how Pentecostalism moves so freely through widely varying cultures.
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Italian Pentecostalism was forged in the early twentieth century among displaced migrants in the urban centres of America. Fleeing the oppressive conditions introduced by the new Kingdom of Italy, Italians sought refuge and new beginning in America. Pentecostalism afforded Italian immigrants a way to endure marginalization and poor living standards...