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"Choosing the Jesus Way:" the Assemblies of God's Home Missions to American Indians and the Development of an Indian Pentecostal Identity

dc.contributor.advisor Wacker, Grant A
dc.contributor.author Tarango, Angela
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-18T16:26:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-18T16:26:09Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/1624
dc.description Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Religion
dc.description.abstract <p>This dissertation explores the history of the Assemblies of God's Home Missions to American Indians, the development of an American Indian leadership in the denomination and the development of a Pentecostal Indian identity. The history that is told in this work is that of a century-long struggle by American Indian Pentecostals for autonomy, leadership, and recognition within the Assemblies of God. I argue that the AG's efforts to establish indigenous churches in its home missions work to American Indians bore two important and largely unanticipated consequences. The first was that it prompted American Indian Pentecostals to forge a new identity: fully Indian and fully Pentecostal. The second was that it forced white Pentecostals to own up to their belief in the indigenous principle: that God's Spirit fell equally on peoples, without regard to ethnicity or social standing. I focus mainly on giving voice to the Pentecostal Indian actors in this history, in order to fill in the gaps on a group of modern Pentecostal believers that were almost never written about in the histories of the movement.</p><p> I have rooted this work in the history of American religious history, as well as Native American history and the history of American Pentecostalism. The majority of the sources come from the Assemblies of God's archives, chiefly, ministerial files, Pentecostal periodicals, letters, tracts, meeting minutes, and self-published autobiographies.</p>
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Religion, History of
dc.subject Native American Studies
dc.subject Assemblies of God
dc.subject Missions
dc.subject Native Americans
dc.subject Pentecostalism
dc.title "Choosing the Jesus Way:" the Assemblies of God's Home Missions to American Indians and the Development of an Indian Pentecostal Identity
dc.type Dissertation
dc.department Religion


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