What is it about?

Historically, the Pentecostal movement and Latin American Liberation theology have had little in common, and have often been opposed to one another. This article shows that while there are many differences between the two, the Holy Spirit can serve as a bridge so that Pentecostalism and Liberation theology can finally begin to have theological conversations and find common ground.

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Why is it important?

Both Pentecostalism and Liberation theology have had a large impact on Latin American culture, history, and religion. Because the two have very different views on certain issues, few conversations have been held between those in both camps. This article is important as it helps to show that the Holy Spirit can serve as a bridge for the two to finally have productive conversations.


I truly hope that this article can serve Pentecostals and Liberation theologians, both of whom care deeply about the people in Latin American countries. The paper was a pleasure to work on, and if it can show even a few people how the Holy Spirit can bring people together in conversation, then I would consider it a success.

Isaiah Padgett
Evangel University

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This page is a summary of: Empowered for Liberation?, Journal of Pentecostal Theology, August 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/17455251-bja10032.
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