A revealing collection of essays documenting the variety and complexity of Pentecostal and Charismatic thinking on eschatology.
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Available as: Paperback, PDF
Specifications: 229x153mm, 444pp
Published: March 2012
Published: December 2013
During the mid-twentieth century Pentecostal theology was co-opted by fundamentalism and its dispensational brand of millennial eschatology. Fundamentalist dispensationalism not only reinterpreted the original Pentecostal vision of the latter-rain outpouring of the Spirit in the last days but undercut its raison d'être as a people empowered by the Spirit of Pentecost to participate in the kingdom of God. Yet eschatology is much broader than twentieth-century dispensationalism, and Pentecostal eschatology is diverse, reflecting the diversity of Pentecostal and Charismatic spiritualities – there are many Pentecostal eschatologies.
This collection of essays from established scholars and rising stars offers fresh perspectives in eschatology for the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. The fresh readings of eschatology in this volume demonstrate that Pentecostals no longer need to look to others to interpret their theology for them but can stand as scholars and thinkers in their own right.
Peter Althouse, PhD (University of St Michael's College at the University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of Theology, Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida. He is author of Spirit of the Last Days (2003) and co-editor of Winds from the Nort (2010)
Robby Waddell, PhD (University of Sheffield) is Associate Professor of New Testament, Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida. He is author of The Spirit of the Book of Revelation.
Doesn't the otherworldliness of Pentecostalism result in a view of the end times reducible to the doctrine of the rapture of the church? Not according to the biblical scholars, historians, ethicists, and theologians who have contributed to this book. Those who overlook it will be 'left behind' on the breadth and depth of current Pentecostal thinking about eschatology! Amos Yong, J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology, School of Divinity, Regent University
Contributors are mindful of the complexity of the process whilst, for the most part, presenting a convincing case for the importance of theology engaging with ethnography in the context of ecclesiology. Emily Pennington, in Theological Book Review, Vol 24, No 2
It is rare to find a book that so creatively relates doctrine to different biblical, theological, historical and contextual concerns. This is a book to provoke thinking beyond Pentecostalism and implicitly raises questions about the way we do theology. Andy Lord, in The Expository Times, Vol 124, No 8