This edition: Protestantism: The Evangelical Explosion
In his fifth part of A History of Christianity Diarmaid MacCulloch traces the growth of an exuberant expression of faith that has spread across the globe - Evangelical Protestantism. Today, it's associated with conservative politics, but the whole story is not what you might expect. It's easily forgotten that the Evangelical explosion has been driven by a concern for social justice and the claim that you could stand in a direct emotional relationship with God. It allowed the Protestant faith to burst its boundaries from its homeland in Europe. In America, its preachers marketed Christianity with all the flair and swashbuckling enterprise of American commerce. In Africa it converted much of the continent by adapting to local traditions, and now it's expanding into Asia. But is Korean Pentecostalism and its message of prosperity in the here and now an adaptation too far?