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The Emergence of Italian Pentecostalism: Affectivity and Aesthetic Worship Practices

[12] De Caro, Our Heritage, 21-22.

[13] Ottolini, Life and Mission, 5-6.

[14] Guy BonGiovanni, Pioneers of the Faith (Farrell, PA: Sound Ministries, 1971), 19-20.

[15] Anderson, Vision of the Disinherited , 266n35.

[16] Ibid., 110.

[17] Ibid., 110.

[18] H. Richard Niebuhr, The Social Sources of Denominationalism (New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 1929), 17-21, 25.

[19] Charle Y. Glock, “The Role of Deprivation in the Origin and Evolution of Religious Groups.” In Religion and Social Conflict, eds. Robert Lee and Martin E. Marty (New York, NY; Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 1964), 26-30; 33-34.

[20] Humbert S. Nelli, The Italians in Chicago: 1880-1930: A Study in Ethnic Mobility (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1970), 3-5.

[21] Rudolph J. Vecoli, “The Formation of Chicago’s ‘Little Italies,’” in Journal of American Ethnic History 2.2: 5-20. 1983), 7. Sicilians filled the vacuum created by earlier immigrant groups who had left the inner-city seeking better conditions. They settled in neighborhoods that had been deteriorating for years (12-13).

[22] Vecoli, “Formation of Chicago’s ‘Little Italies,’” 12; Nelli, Italians in Chicago, 14.

[23] Grant Wacker,Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture (Cambridge, MA; London, Eng.: Harvard University Press, 2001), 208-9.

[24] Rudolph J. Vecoli,“Contadini in Chicago: A Critique of the Uprooted,” in Journal of American History 51.3 (1964), 415-17.

[25] Nelli, Italians in Chicago,182-83.

[26] Colletti, Ethnic Pentecostalism in Chicago, 5-6.

[27] David Martino, The Emergence and Historical-Theological Development of the Christian Church of North America (Thesis, Ashland Theological Seminary, 1988), 108.

[28] Vecoli, “Contadini in Chicago,” 404-5, 409.

[29] Edward C. Banfield, The Moral Basis of a Backward Society (Glencoe, IL: Free Press, 1958), 10.

[30] See also Nelli, Italians in Chicago, 5; and Vecoli, “Contadini in Chicago,” 404-5.

[31] Martino, Emergence and Historical-Theological Development, 108-9.

[32] Enrico C. Cumbo, “‘Your Old Men Will Dream Dreams’: The Italian Pentecostal Experience in Canada, 1912-1945,” in Journal of American Ethnic History 19.3 (2000), 55.

[33] Wolfgang Vondey, Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed (London; New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2013), 43-44.

[34] De Caro, Our Heritage, 51-62.

[35] Davies, The Embattled but Empowered Community, 91-92. See also Norberto J. Saracco, Argentine Pentecostalism: Its History and Theology (PhD thesis, UK. University of Birmingham, 1989), 45-50.

[36] Walter J. Hollenweger, The Pentecostals (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Pub., 1972), 85; Mark J. Cartledge, “Pentecostal Experience: An Example of Practical-Theological Rescripting,” in Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 28.1 (2008): 32.

[37] Napolitano, “The Development of Pentecostalism in Italy,” 190.

[38] Harvey Cox, Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-first Century (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995), 196.

[39] Cumbo, “‘Your Old Men Will Dream Dreams,’” 47-48.

[40] Cox, Fire from Heaven, 199-201.

[41] Cox, Fire from Heaven, 204-10.

[42] Salvatore Cucchiari, “Between Shame and Sanctification: Patriarchy and Its Transformation in Sicilian Pentecostalism,” in American Ethnologist 17.4 (1990): 690.

[43] Cucchiari, “Between Shame and Sanctification,” 691-92, 702-3; Cox, Fire from Heaven, 203.

[44] Cumbo, “‘Your Old Men Will Dream Dreams,’” 55.

[45] Ibid., 43-45.

[46] Ibid., 44, 71 n. 30.

[47] Donald B. Sheley, “A Visit to Italy,” Pentecostal Evangel (PE) (February 10, 1957): 26-27,

[48] Christine Carmichael, “Pentecost in Italy,” Pentecostal Evangel (PE) XLIX (Oct. 29, 1961), 22,

[49] The Missionary Review of the World 21 no. 10 (October 1908): 798. Soon after his Pentecostal experience at the Chicago Evangelical Mission (ca. 1907), M. Tosetto returned to Italy with his newfound hope, and even under persecution, made an effort to pass out bibles and gospel tracts.

This paper was previously presented with the title of “Affectivity and Aesthetic Worship Practices: The Emergence of Italian Pentecostalism,” at the Annual Meeting of the Center for Renewal Studies, European Pentecostal Perspectives Group, Virginia Beach, VA, March 2013.

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About the Author: Paul J. Palma, PhDc, is a Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry at Regent University and a Partner Correspondent at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Paul has authored or contributed to several books and has been published in a number of national and international journals. He and his wife, Gabrielle, have three children. For publications by Paul, visit his LinkedIn page. Facebook.

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