Archive for the ‘Pentecostal Manifestos’ Category


Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 by Amos Yong

PMPentecostal Manifestos is a new book series by the William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company edited by James K. A. Smith and Amos Yong. The series will provide a forum for exhibiting the next generation of Pentecostal scholarship. Having exploded across the globe in the twentieth century, Pentecostalism now enters its second century. For the past fifty years, Pentecostal and charismatic theologians (and scholars in other disciplines) have been working “internally,” as it were, to articulate a distinctly Pentecostal theology and vision. The next generation of Pentecostal scholarship is poised to move beyond both the merely internal conversation to an outward-looking agenda, in a two-fold sense: first, Pentecostal scholars are increasingly gaining the attention of those outside pentecostal/charismatic circles as Pentecostal voices in mainstream discussions; second, Pentecostal scholars are moving beyond simply reflecting on their own tradition and instead engaging in theological and cultural analysis of a variety of issues from a Pentecostal perspective. In short, Pentecostal scholars are poised with a new boldness: Read the rest of this entry »

Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God

Saturday, January 8th, 2011 by Nimi Wariboko

Frank D. Macchia, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. x + 345pp. $32.00 paperback.

“To be justified is to participate in the fullness of pneumatic existence, which means the risen and glorified Christ as well as communion of love enjoyed among Father, Son, and Spirit” (14-15). This is the kernel of the book, the beginning and the end. In this one move Frank Macchia (a noted Pentecostal systematic theologian at Vanguard University, California) renders suspect the stereotypical-historic Protestant and Catholic approaches to justification. He renders inadequate, moves pass, and incorporates the Protestant legal, forensic overtones of justification as well as the Catholic emphasis on habitual grace and infused virtues, and then reconciles them within “the Sprit’s embrace and witness” (pp. 293-321). Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 by Wolfgang Vondey

James K. A. Smith. Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. xxv + 155pp. $19.00

In this inaugural volume to the Pentecostal Manifestos series, Smith presents an unapologetic articulation of a distinctly Pentecostal philosophy. In his trademark manner that marries informal, conversational style with academic rigor and that introduces elements from popular culture to hard-core issues of philosophy and theology, Smith lays out the twofold conviction that Pentecostals have a unique calling and gift in the broader Christian academy, and that this unique quality begs to be articulated. Thinking in Tongues is the articulation of this theological “genius” (xiv) implicit within Pentecostal spirituality and praxis, a map to an imagination shared by Pentecostals that contributes to a larger Christian philosophy and tradition. If you think that this book is but the portrait of a now fashionable Pentecostalism, you are missing the point. Smith’s book is not simply about a philosophy tuned in to Pentecostal sensitivities (although you can find that in the book), nor is it a critique of the dominant philosophical frameworks and operative categories (although that is also in the book), it is not even primarily about “thinking” (even though that is part of the title of this volume)–rather, Thinking in Tonguesis about that which lies ahead of philosophy captured from inside a Pentecostal spirituality: a worldview, epistemology, and ontology that test the limits of the status quo and that foreshadow a different way of envisioning the coming kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »