Theological Roots of Pentecostalismby Donald W. Dayton
Pentecostalism is one of the most dynamic forces in the church renewal movement. From fast-growing denominations such as the Assemblies of God to popular television ministries, the fruits of Pentecostalism are to be seen throughout twentieth-century American Christianity. In this controversial study, Dayton explains how Pentecostalism grew out of Methodism and the nineteenth-century American holiness movement. He finds evidence of Wesleyan teaching in the classic writings of many Pentecostal leaders. He shows how Pentecostalism is deeply rooted in the Wesleyan theological tradition, rather than being a contrived system of modern revivalist ideas. Dayton also cites evidence that Wesleyan thinkers have tried to reorient their teachings in order to put ideological "distance" between themselves and the Pentecostal movement. The study is based on little-known original sources that shed light on a number of related themes in the study of American religion and offers new perspectives on the development of 19th-century millennialism, the rise and fall of reform movements, the emergence of the healing movement, and the evolution of evangelical religion in the nineteenth century. Martin E. Marty says that Pentecostals "have no choice, it is clear from this book, but to see that there were...roots to the growth they reaped." He calls "Theological Roots of Pentecostalism" "a very important statement, one without which subsequent commentators on Pentecostalism are not likely to give intelligent accounts."
Author Biography: Donald W. Dayton (Yale Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Chicago), is a professor of theology and ethics at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL. Hisearlier books include "The American Holiness Movement: A Bibliographic Introduction "and "Discovering an Evangelical Heritage". Many of the sources for this book have been reprinted in "The Higher Christian Life" under his editorship. He is active in a number of professional societies and recently became president-elect of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He co-edits Scarecrow's "Studies in Evangelicism" series with Kenneth E. Rowe.
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Donald W. Dayton is professor of theology and ethics at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago.
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