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Title: Institutional and Indivdualistic dimensions of transformational development : the case of pentecostal churches in the Philippines
Author: Suico, Joseph Rommel L.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3489 2084
Awarding Body: University of Wales, Bangor
Current Institution: Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Date of Award: 2003
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The perceived indifference of Pentecostals toward social, economic, and political issues has been attributed to various reasons sueh as: eschatology, dualistic vision of the world and aversion to the Roman Catholic Church. For many years, the manner in which the Pentecostal movement was assessed has been quite inadequate, more particularly concerning social responsibility. The author contends that there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of the significance of the Pentecostal experience especially its institutional relationship to society. Consequently, the attitude of other churches or communities is often marked by theological and cultural prejudices. This study is undertaken as an attempt to assess the validity of the prevailing perception of Pentecostals' lack of engagement in socio-economic and political issues that confront the Philippine society. It is anticipated that while there is no formal position by the church regarding social involvement, their adherents' actual outliving may reveal certain forms of contribution part of which may be attributed to their religious faith or perceptions. Thus, the author argues it is important to study (l) the socio-economic activities of the adherents and (2) the socio-economic stance of the churches as institutions because they may directly or indirectly affect their social involvement, politically or economically. Despite an embargo at the institutional level, there may be some significant micro-economic patterns associated with individualistic activities. The nature of personal religious experience and being a member of the Pentecostal church may generate group norms reflecting, for example, heightened ambition for self, increased feelings of advancement, responsibility to help friends, family, etc. Field research explored the nature and extent of both socio-economic and political involvement. Questionnaire-based survey and interviews were employed to collect data from the respondents. The initial stage (reconnaissance) of the research was undertaken to locate the churches and sample the questions. The data collected from both questionnaire and interviews during the first stage were used to formulate the questions in the main survey.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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