Happy Birthday, Pentacostalists
It's the fastest growing global version of fundamentalist Christianity. And it will be a mere 100 years' old this year. One of the most successful American exports ever, one of its theological innovations is the "prosperity gospel" where personal wealth is actually a sign of God's blessing rather than, as Jesus taught, an obstacle to holiness. These movements are increasingly the political ideologies of our time. We need to understand them much better than we do.