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The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology

ISBN 9781032336596
Published June 13, 2022 by Routledge
488 Pages

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Book Description

Research on Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity has increased dramatically in recent decades, and a diverse array of disciplines have begun to address a range of elements of these movements. Yet, there exists very little understanding of Pentecostal theology, and it is not uncommon to encounter stereotypes and misperceptions.

Addressing this gap in current research, The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology is an exceptional reference source to the key topics, challenges, and debates in this growing field of study and is the first collection of its kind to offer a comprehensive presentation and critical discussion of this subject. Comprising over forty chapters written by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into five parts:

  • Contextualizing Pentecostal Theology
  • Sources
  • Theological Method
  • Doctrines and Practices
  • Conversations and Challenges.

These sections take the reader through a comprehensive introduction to what Pentecostals believe and how they practice their faith. Looking at issues such as the core teachings of Pentecostalism concerning Spirit baptism, divine healing, or eschatology; unique practices, such as spiritual warfare and worship; and less discussed issues, such as social justice and gender, each chapter builds towards a nuanced and global picture of the theology of the Pentecostal movement.

The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology is essential reading for students and researchers in Pentecostal Studies, World Christianity, and Theology as well as scholars working in contemporary Religious Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction to The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology Wolfgang Vondey

Part 1: Contextualizing Pentecostal Theology

1. Systematic Pentecostal Theology: A Typology Christopher A. Stephenson

2. Pentecostal Theology as a Global Challenge: Contextual Theological Constructions Allan Heaton Anderson

3. Pentecostal Theology as Spirituality: Explorations in Theological Method Daniel Castelo

4. Pentecostal Theology as Story: Participating in God’s Mission Kenneth J. Archer

Part 2: Sources

5. Revelation: The Light and Fire of Pentecost Rickie D. Moore

6. Scripture: Finding One’s Place in God’s Story Scott A. Ellington

7. Reason: Widening the Sources of Pentecostal Theology William K. Kay

8. Experience: The Mediated Immediacy of Encounter with the Spirit Peter D. Neumann

9. Tradition: Retrieving and Updating Pentecostal Core Beliefs Simon Chan

10. Culture: Disruption, Accommodation, and Pneumatological Resignification Néstor Medina

11. Worship: Embodying the Encounter with God Michael Wilkinson

Part 3: Theological Methods

12. Biblical Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture with the Spirit in Community Jacqueline Grey

13. Theological Hermeneutics: Understanding the World in the Encounter with God L. William Oliverio, Jr.

14. The Pneumatological Imagination: The Logic of Pentecostal Theology Amos Yong

15. Practical Theology: Attending to Pneumatologically-Driven Praxis Mark J. Cartledge

16. The Full Gospel: A Liturgical Hermeneutic of Pentecost Wolfgang Vondey

Part 4: Doctrines and Practices

17. Trinitarian Theology: The Spirit and Fellowship of the Triune God Steven M. Studebaker

18. Oneness Theology: Restoring the Apostolic Faith David K. Bernard

19. Pneumatology: Eschatological Intensification of the Personal Presence of God Andrew K. Gabriel

20. Christology: Jesus and Others; Jesus and God William P. Atkinson

21. Salvation: Participating in the Story Where Earth and Heaven Meet Grace Milton

22. Sanctification: Becoming an Icon of the Spirit through Holy Love Dale M. Coulter

23. Spirit Baptism: Initiation in the Fullness of God’s Promises Frank D. Macchia

24. Divine Healing: Sacramental Signs of Salvation Kimberly Ervin Alexander

25. Eschatology: The Always Present Hope Peter Althouse

26. Missiology: Evangelization, Holistic Ministry, and Social Justice Wonsuk Ma and Julie C. Ma

27. Ecclesiology: Spirit-Shaped Fellowships of Gospel Mission Andy Lord

28. Spiritual Gifts: Manifestations of the Kingdom of God Matthias Wenk

29. Sacraments: Rites in the Spirit for the Presence of Christ Chris E. W. Green

30. Spiritual Warfare: The Cosmic Conflict between Good and Evil Opoku Onyinah

Part 5: Conversations and Challenges

31. Arts and Aesthetics: The Pursuit of Beauty through the Outpour of the Spirit Steven Félix-Jäger

32. Theology of Disability: The Spirit and Disabled Empowerment Shane Clifton and Greta E.C. Wells

33. Ecotheology: A People of the Spirit for Earth Jeffrey S. Lamp

34. Theology of Economics: Pentecost and the Household of the Spirit Daniela C. Augustine

35. Ecumenical Theology: A Restorationist Embrace of the Unity of the Spirit Tony Richie

36. Feminist Theologies: Deconstructing the Patriarchal Gender Paradigm Lisa P. Stephenson

37. Philosophy: Inspiration for Living Relationally and Thinking Rigorously J. Aaron Simmons

38. Prosperity Theology: Material Abundance and Praxis of Transformation Andreas Heuser

39. Race: Reordering the World on the Principle of Grace David D. Daniels III

40. Social Justice: Theology as Social Transformation Cheryl E. Sanders

41. Theology of Religions: Divine Hospitality and Spiritual Discernment Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

42. Theology and Science: Disciplines at the Limits of Pentecostal Discourse Frederick L. Ware


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Wolfgang Vondey is Professor of Christian Theology and Pentecostal Studies and the director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.