Paula White and the Mainstreaming of American Pentecostalism
Whatever you might think of Donald Trump making Paula White head of his Faith outreach, the appointment does signal a few things, including the entrance of Pentecostalism into the political mainstream. This has been true for some time, but this is an important move. In part, it is due to Trump's attraction to the prosperity gospel of which she is a major player. What is interesting is that many in Trump's "evangelical" orbit believe that women should "go home." Daniel Hummel gives some context to the rise of Pentecostalism within the Religious Right in this essay at Sightings. On White's background, I recommend reading Kate Bowler's book The Preacher's Wife (a review will be up shortly). While I'm not sure that White represents mainstream Pentecostalism, she is an influential figure. So, take a read!