Posts Tagged ‘science’

The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Aaron Yom

Amos Yong. The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination. Pentecostal Manifestos 4. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. 237 pp.

Yong is part of a small group of Pentecostal scholars who have taken the lead in finding areas of consonance between theology and science particularly from a charismatic-pneumatological perspective. He has published widely and edited several books on this topic, and now finally produced this monograph. His goal and commitment are explicitly stated as the provision of “pentecostal-charismatic perspectives [that] … are important for the wider theological discussion as well as the ongoing dialogue between theology and science.” To this end, Yong gives us historical, theological, philosophical, scientific, and socio-psychological dimensions of Pentecostal engagements with science. Should pentecostals heed his call? Three topics may suffice to illustrate his proposal: divine action and miracles, emergence theory, and plural-spirit cosmology.    Read the rest of this entry »

Science and the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with the Sciences

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by Candace Laughinghouse

James K. A. Smith and Amos Yong (eds.), Science and the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with the Sciences. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2010.

In the past, intellectual discussions have either tried to construct a dominant theory or remove individuality and nest all contributions into one box. In Science and the Spirit, the discussion of science and religion is expanded to include the contributions of Pentecostals. In its introduction, the question is posed: “What would be unique about a distinctively Pentecostal foray into the science/theology dialogue?” Can Pentecostals contribute to the discussion? Or will Pentecostals and their reliance upon an unscientific representation of God – the Holy Spirit – widen the divide between science and theology? The primary purpose of the book is to speak affirmatively to Pentecostal students and scholars in various scientific disciplines. The book is put forward with the belief that Pentecostals will benefit from this text and increase the chances of raising Pentecostal contributions to the science and theology dialogue. Read the rest of this entry »

The Spirit Renews the Face of the Earth by Amos Yong

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 by Doc Hughes

Amos Yong, ed. The Spirit Renews the Face of the Earth: Pentecostal Forays in Science and Theology of Creation. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2009. 246 pp. $30.00.

Readers of Yong’s work will find a consistent pattern in most of his pieces, the desire to bridge gaps dealing with controversial issues (see for example Beyond the Impasse or Theology and Down Syndrome). The Spirit Renews the Face of the Earth is no exception, as Yong combines fourteen articles from multiple authors who wrote for the thirty-eighth annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal studies (2008, Duke University). The collection is impressive, not for its size, but for its pluralistic approach, one that includes scientists, professors, administrators, a counselor, and a PhD student, as well as the representation of four continents. As such, the pentecostal encounter with science in the twentieth century and beyond is explored from scientific, theological, psychological, and other perspectives covering a wide range of expertise. Read the rest of this entry »