Types of Pentecostal Theology: Method, System, Spirit

ISBN : 9780190634322

Christopher A. Stephenson
234 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Nov 2016
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In the first critical study of the major theologians of pentecostalism, one of the fastest growing and most influential religious traditions in the world, Christopher A. Stephenson establishes four original categories to classify pentecostal theologians' methodologies in systematic/constructive theology. The four categories are based respectively on: the arrangement of biblical texts; the relationship between theology and Christian spirituality; doctrine concerning the kingdom of God; and pneumatology as a basis for philosophical and fundamental theology. Stephenson analyzes each methodological type and suggests a pentecostal theological method that builds on the strengths of each. He then offers his own, original contribution, arguing for a reciprocal relationship between pentecostal spirituality and doctrine that follows the pattern of lex orandi, lex credendi, and develops a doctrine of the Lord's supper as a demonstration of this reciprocal relationship. Types of Pentecostal Theology provides critical insight into such fundamental issues as the relationship between theology and philosophy, the dynamic between scripture and tradition, and the similarities and differences between recent pentecostal theology and other currents in contemporary theology.


1. Systematic Theology as ''Bible Doctrines:'' Myer Pearlman, E. S. Williams, and French L. Arrington
2. Systematic Theology and Christian Spirituality: Steven J. Land and Simon K. H. Chan
3. Systematic Theology and the Kingdom of God: Frank D. Macchia
4. Systematic Theology as Philosophical and Fundamental Theology in Pneumatological Perspective: Amos Yong
5. ''Regula Spiritualitatis, Regula Doctrinae:'' A Contribution to Pentecostal Theological Method

About the author: 

Christopher A. Stephenson is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He received his Ph.D. in religious studies from Marquette University and has published articles in Religion Compass and The Journal of Pentecostal Theology. He regularly presents his research at the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He was the recipient of a dissertation fellowship from the Louisville Institute.

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