Materials

The Holy Spirit Research Center collection contains

  • 13,000 books, including many significant Master's theses and doctoral dissertations
  • 1300 periodicals including peer reviewed journals, international publications, ministry magazines, and newsletters, some of which date back to the beginning of the movement
  • 9,000 audio/video items
  • 33,000 items in the Holy Spirit Vertical file: tracts, pamphlets, brochures, unpublished papers, newsletters, news articles, and more; nearly all are pre-2000 in their year of publication
  • hundreds of sound recordings, films, photographs, and microfilms

This collection contains a wide cross-section of materials from within Pentecostalism worldwide, its denominations and institutions, its teachings and practices, and its leading figures, including the classical, neo-Pentecostal (charismatic), "Third Wave," and later streams and their critics. This research-level collection includes resources advocating both the continuationist and cessationist views regarding manifestations and gifts of the Holy Spirit, including glossolalia; and primary and secondary sources pertaining to the movement’s historical events and current issues. Researchers from all over the United States and from other countries have come to ORU to use this special collection for many reasons, including writing books and dissertations. Among significant recent works that benefited greatly from this collection are these: 

Salvation with a Smile Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity  Phillip Luke Sinitiere (New York University Press 2015)

Blessed: A history of the American prosperity gospel Kate Bowler (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Spirit cure: a history of Pentecostal healing Joseph W. Williams (Oxford University Press)

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