Posts Tagged ‘tongues’

Letter to a Pentecostal Scholar II: the nature of Pentecostal anti-intellectualism

Monday, July 16th, 2012 by Wolfgang Vondey

Dear Prudence,

I half-anticipated your stormy response to my first letter. You are upset by the accusation that Pentecostals are anti-intellectual and at the same time you know it to be true. Pentecostals become scholars (and sometimes the other way around) but continue their work only with a sense of uneasiness amidst the ivory tower of the educational and academic system so dominated by the ideals of Western pedagogy that they reflect little (if anything) of a Pentecostal ethos. If I continue, it may sound like a defense of Pentecostalism; but I must try to be honest with you, with myself, and also take an authentic look at Pentecostals. I promised you more thoughts on the nature of Pentecostal anti-intellectualism. I hope I can answer some of your questions and stir up some new ones. 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 »