Naime, pokret je osnovan početkom dvadesetog veka u Los Anđelesu, a danas ih navodno ima nekoliko stotina miliona širom Severne i Južne Amerike, Afrike i Azije:
Until recently Brazil was quite correctly perceived as a Catholic country. It is still the largest such country in the world, if one counts all those who are nominally Catholic. The new Protestantism has been challenging this Catholic hegemony. As in all the Global South, Protestantism is mostly of the Evangelical variety—characterized by a strong belief in Biblical authority, the importance of a personal (“born again”) conversion experience, the efficacy of prayer and the duty to engage in missionary activity, and, last not least, conservative morals. Pentecostals share all these characteristics, but they add their own defining ones—glossolalia (“speaking in tongues”), spiritual healing, exorcisms and other alleged miracles. And it is Pentecostalism which has been exploding in Brazil and all over the developing societies—throughout Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia (most recently in China).
Koga religija zanima, a naročito one poput mene, koji i dalje ne mogu da pohvataju sve protestantske pokrete, linkovani Bergerov tekst je odličan.
Kad smo već kod religije, pogledajte i govor Christophera Hitchensa, poznatog ateiste.