Kay, “Empirical and historical perspectives”

Kay, William K.  Empirical and historical perspectives on the growth of Pentecostal-style churches in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.  Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education 34(1).

Abstract: This article considers the growth of Pentecostal-style churches in Southeast Asia, and specifically in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It outlines four reasons for the growth that occurred and then, using qualitative and quantitative data in a mixed mode, seeks to test the hypotheses it derives. It concludes that each of the hypotheses remains plausible but notes that contextual factors or major social disruptions undermine any deterministic account.