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Gypsy Pentecostals
Miroslav A Atanasov

 

Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1609470128   Retail: $43.00

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Asbury Theological Seminary Series:

The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies (No. 3)

 

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Gypsy Pentecostals is a ground-breaking study of the Pentecostal movement among one of the most marginalized ethnic group in Europe – the Roma, more widely known as ‘Gypsies.’ It reveals their fascinating history, mysterious culture, and deep spirituality, focusing on their massive conversion to the Pentecostal faith. This incredible movement has brought the Roma to the Christian faith in massive numbers and transformed the Roma communities in positive and constructive ways and advanced their integration into society. Even though the movement is described as a worldwide phenomenon, the book places particular emphasis on its development and dynamics in Bulgaria. Gypsy Pentecostals demonstrates the effective work of the Holy Spirit among marginal peoples.

 

Miroslav Atanasov’s book tells part of the one of the most remarkable stories of religious renewal of the past century, and at the same time is a paradigm for a new, reflexive sociology of religion which transcends the legacy of ‘methodological atheism’. He recognizes that unless we address the meaning of religious experience for believers, we miss the point of religion for them. Faith is also part of human experience and susceptible to empirical scholarship; and indeed without painstaking historical scholarship, the lessons of history are lost. This book is a testimony to the truth that passionate religiosity need not imply sloppy scholarship.

-- Thomas Acton, University of Greenwich, London

 

 

About the Author:

     Dr. Miroslav Atanasov is a Pentecostal minister and scholar. Raised up under atheistic Communism in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe, he converted to Pentecostal Christianity in 1990 and was called to ministry. He currently resides in Sofia, Bulgaria with his wife and son. He travels around the world serving as an evangelist and teacher.

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