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Waiting for AntichristCharisma and Apocalypse in a Pentecostal Church$
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Damian Thompson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178564.001.0001

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Kensington Temple

Kensington Temple

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(p.61) 4 Kensington Temple
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Waiting for Antichrist
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Damian Thompson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195178564.003.0004

This chapter introduces Kensington Temple and its senior pastor, Colin Dye. It shows how the life of the congregation reflects the religious trends discussed in chapters 2 and 3, such as the increasing role of consumer choice in the everyday spirituality of born-again Christians. Kensington Temple also reproduces the conflicting demands of high- and low-tension religion. The second half of the chapter shows how Dye and his flock attempt to reconcile these demands by engaging in the rational management of charisma.

Keywords:   Kensington Temple, Colin Dye, congregation, charisma

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