Many view the twenty-first-century white Pentecostal-charismatic rejection of feminism, and enthusiasm for self-professed harasser of women, Donald J. Trump, as a departure from the movement’s late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century origins wherein many Pentecostal-charismatic women were welcomed into the public office of the ministry. Early Pentecostal writings, however, demonstrate that twenty-first-century white Pentecostal orientations toward women in public life are based in the movement’s early theological notions that women must uphold the American home, “rightly” ordered according to traditionally conservative, white, middle-class norms. An America wherein women work and minister primarily in the domicile, according to early white Pentecostals, would be a powerful instrument of God in the world. Thus, no matter how transgressive they may have appeared when it came to women speaking from the pulpit, for the most part, white Pentecostals sought to conserve the traditional social order of the home.
Research Article| November 01 2019
Bobs and the “Character of Our Citizenship”: Early Pentecostals, Women, and Public Life in the United States of America
Nova Religio (2019) 23 (2): 42–63.
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Leah Payne; Bobs and the “Character of Our Citizenship”: Early Pentecostals, Women, and Public Life in the United States of America. Nova Religio 1 November 2019; 23 (2): 42–63. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.2.42
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