Religious scholar to speak at CSUB

February 13, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield's philosophy and religious studies departments will host a talk entitled "Pentecostalism: Past, Present, and Future" by Douglas Jacobsen, a scholar of Pentecostalism in America, on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Albertson Room in the Doré Theatre on campus.

Bruce Jones, religious studies professor emeritus, said, "This is a great opportunity to hear about the fastest growing movement in Christianity in America and globally from one of the most eminent scholars of Pentecostalism in the world. The religious and cultural implications of the growth of Pentecostalism are vast, and should be of interest to Christians and non-Christians alike."

Jones said "the leading journal Christianity Today reported that world growth of Pentecostalism is a staggering 19 million per year; about 25 percent of Christians worldwide are Pentecostal. It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans are Pentecostal, making the movement a powerful force in American life."

Jacobsen is a distinguished professor of church history at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of "Gracious Christianity: Living the Love We Profess" and "Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement." His books will be available for sale and autographing after his presentation.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking fees will be waived in Lots B and C. For more information, please contact Jones at (661) 833-8607 or