Pentecostals are known for an experiential spirituality that emphasizes immediate encounters with God through the Holy Spirit. But how should such experience be understood? Is it, in fact, quite so immediate?
Neumann argues that Pentecostal experience of God is mediated by the Spirit's work through Scripture, the Christian tradition, and the broader cultural context. Using the work of three contemporary Pentecostal theologiansFrank D. Macchia, Simon K. H. Chan, and Amos Yongthe book demonstrates that a mediated view of experience of God is forging a more mature Pentecostal theology. As further evidence of this maturation, Neumann engages these Pentecostal theologians in ecumenical dialogue with leading representatives from Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant traditions.
About the Author
Peter D. Neumann (PhD, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology) is the Assistant Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Master's College and Seminary, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Table of Contents
1 Experience of God in Christian Theology and Traditions: Challenges and Varieties 21
2 Pentecostalism and Experience of the Spirit 100
3 Frank D. Macchia: Experiencing the Spirit through the Word 162
4 Simon K.H. Chan: Experiencing the Spirit through Tradition 218
5 Amos Young: Experiencing the Spirit through Reason 273
Author Index 361
Subject Index 365