Pentecostalism, Secularism, and Post Christendom

Pentecostalism, Secularism, and Post Christendom

by Bradley Truman Noel

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ISBN-13: 9781498229364
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/14/2015
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bradley Truman Noel is the Director of Pentecostal Studies and Associate Professor of Christian Ministries at Tyndale University College and Seminary (Toronto). He is ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is the author of Pentecostal and Postmodern Hermeneutics (2010).

Table of Contents

Abstract xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Preface xv

1 Introduction 1

Post-Christendom? 2

Purpose, Rationale, Methods, and Limitations 4

Definition of Terms 6

Christians and Cultural Engagement 9

Summary of Project 18

2 Pentecostalism in North America 22

History, Growth, and Theology 22

Theological Antecedents of Pentecostalism 23

Azusa Street 29

The Global Spread of the Pentecostal Movement 33

Characteristics of Early Pentecostalism 35

Classical Pentecostal Identity 37

The Charismatic Movement and Pentecostal Identity 41

Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement 46

Pentecostalism Today 48

Conclusion 50

3 Current Societal Context 51

Introduction 51

Post-Christendom: An Introduction 51

Secularism 55

Secularization and Post-Christendom in Canada: Summary 66

Postmodernism 68

Postmodernity: The Key Tenets 72

Postmodernism and Evangelicalism: A Critique 76

Postmodernism: Summary 82

Conclusion 84

Part 2

4 A Sample Pentecostal Denomination 87

A Brief History of the PAONL 88

Recent Decline and Mitigating Efforts 91

Facing the Decline-Discipleship in the PAONL 2007-2012 91

PAONL Provincial Discipleship Survey 103

Conclusion 109

Part 3

5 Theme 1: Generational Issues 113

Introduction 113

Generations within the Church Today 114

Reflections on Pentecostalism and Generations 122

Practical Suggestions and a Few Caveats 125

Conclusion 129

6 Theme 2: Creativity and Risk 131

Introduction and Biography 132

Lessons Learned from Aimee 142

Conclusion 148

7 Themes 3 and 4: Being Missional and Influencing Culture 150

Introduction: The Missional Conversation 150

A Brief Synopsis: The Missional Movement 151

A Pentecostal Assessment of the Missional Church 153

Summary: The Missional Conversation 161

Introduction: The Emergent Conversation 161

A Brief Synopsis: The Emergent/Emerging Church 162

The Emergent Movement and Pentecostalism 165

Summary: The Emergent Conversation 171

8 Themes 5 and 6: Reclaiming our Supernatural Heritage and Embracing Post-Christendom 173

Postmodernism and Opportunities for Pentecostalism 173

Christ and Culture: Niebuhr's Five Options 180

Pentecostalism and Post-Christendom 183

Niebuhr and Pentecostalism: Conclusion 188

Conclusion 189

9 Themes 7 and 8: Essence over Distinctives/Beliefs vs. Values 192

A. Re-thinking Pentecostal Distinctives 192

The Displacement of Spirit Baptism in the Academy: Four Reasons 195

The Displacement of Spirit Baptism in the Pew 202

The Way Forward: Five Suggestions 204

Summary 212

B. Beliefs vs. Values 212

The Pentecostal Challenge 217

Ephesians 4-Pastors as Equippers 218

Conclusion 222

10 Conclusion, Summary and Limitations 223

Summary 223

For Further Study 226

Conclusion 226

Appendix 1 First PAONL Survey 2007 229

Appendix 2 Second PAONL Survey 2009 233

Appendix 3 Third PAONI, Survey 2011 239

Appendix 4 Provincial Survey of PAONL Membership 2012 249

Works Cited 259

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