The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh
It is no secret that the Pentecostal movement has had an incredible impact on the shape of worldwide Christianity in the past century. It is estimated that Pentecostals and charismatics comprise approximately one-fourth of Christians worldwide, and the numbers are...
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It is no secret that the Pentecostal movement has had an incredible impact on the shape of worldwide Christianity in the past century. It is estimated that Pentecostals and charismatics comprise approximately one-fourth of Christians worldwide, and the numbers are only expected to grow, especially in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. With these developments comes the need for theologians and students to understand the theological framework of this burgeoning movement.
THE SPIRIT POURED OUT ON ALL FLESH is one scholar's attempt to develop a thoroughly Pentecostal theology and, perhaps more importantly, to bring this theology into dialogue with other theological traditions. Amos Yong outlines a pneumatological approach to soteriology, ecclesiology, theology of religions, theology of creation, and the nature of God - particularly in regard to trinitarian formulations vis--vis Oneness theology.
This volume is more than a beginning systematic theology, however. The first chapter provides a fascinating survey of worldwide Pentecostalism, examining how various theological issues and questions are being addressed "on the ground." Further, the author argues that because of Pentecostalism's global origins, its theology can be a great gift to Christianity at large, and he proposes that it can play a large role in shaping a truly global theology. 320 pages, from Baker.
The Pentecostal movement has had an incredible impact on the shape of worldwide Christianity in the past century. Estimates are that Pentecostals and charismatics make up approximately one-fourth of Christians worldwide, and the numbers are only expected to grow. With these developments comes the need for thoughtful Christians of all persuasions to better understand Pentecostal theology. In fact, Amos Yong believes that Pentecostal theology can be a great gift to the church at large. Yong presents a thoroughly Pentecostal theology of salvation, the church, the nature of God, and creation. He also provides a fascinating survey of the state of worldwide Pentecostalism, examining how Pentecostal theology is influencing Christian churches in other countries.
"Yong is one of a very few pentecostal theologians today who are seeking to understand the relationship between pentecostalism and global issues, and he is perhaps the only one to do so in a sustained manner. In this volume, Yong offers a pentecostal perspective on ecumenism, world religions, and culture with a view toward developing a distinctively pentecostal global theology. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his methodology and conclusions, Yong's contributions cannot be ignored."--Simon Chan, Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Theological College, Singapore"The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh is an invigorating book. Reflecting upon global pentecostal experiences and practices, Yong has taken his pneumatological imagination to new depths of insight in his quest for a more robust trinitarian theology. The result is a multiperspectival reformulation of Christian theology that allows fresh winds of the Spirit to blow through old doctrines."--Dale T. Irvin, academic dean and professor of world Christianity, New York Theological Seminary"Yong offers a new and comprehensive pentecostal systematic theology. Global in intent, he constructs a theology in conversation with the pentecostal base, classical and contemporary theological traditions, and the complex issues of philosophical hermeneutics and metaphysics in the postmodern world. In so doing, he manages to articulate a truly ecumenical pentecostal discourse that remains true to its pneumatological distinctive as a challenge to both the church catholic and his fellow pentecostals. Yong's voice is distinctive and not easily dismissed. Conversant with a vast array of theological sources, Yong cannot be ignored by any future pentecostal theologian nor will other Christian theologians be able to proceed as if pentecostalism lacked theological articulation. Yong stretches the pentecostal envelope by addressing such topics as a theology of creation and interreligious dialogue while reenvisioning the heart of pentecostal soteriology in the service of a pentecostal ecclesiology. In the tradition of other emancipatory theologies, Yong's work will contribute to the transformative possibilities of pentecostal praxis in reliance upon the Spirit that is a foretaste of the kingdom. In this respect, Yong, with other pentecostal theologians, has also demonstrated that rigorous theological reflection is itself a gift of that same Spirit."--Ralph Del Colle, associate professor of theology, Marquette University"Yong is one of the most creative and promising of the young evangelical/Pentecostal theologians. He has an impressive command of the sources, indomitable energy, and a willingness to venture into new territory. This book, on a subject of increasing urgency to the whole Christian community, is his best to date. Yong is taken seriously within evangelical/Pentecostal circles and increasingly within Christian theology as a whole, so this book is sure to make a mark."--Harvey Cox, Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard University; author of When Jesus Came To Harvard
Amos Yong (Ph.D., Boston University) is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia. His books include The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh; Hospitality and the Other; Beyond the Impasse: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Religions and Spirit-Word-Community: Theological Hermeneutics in Trinitarian Perspective. More information about Amos Yong is available on the Regent University website.
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