Systematic Pentecostal Theology

A typology

Authored by: Christopher A. Stephenson

The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138580893
eBook ISBN: 9780429507076
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This chapter presents a typology of methodologies in systematic Pentecostal theology by identifying six broad types of the way Pentecostals pursue the theological task. Each type is described, in turn, and followed with some reflections on the impact of this typology for the study of Pentecostal theology: (1) theology as Bible doctrines, (2) theology and spirituality, (3) theology in light of the kingdom of God, (4) philosophy and fundamental theology, (5) theology as full gospel, and (6) theology for a pluralistic world. The typology carries important implications for the Handbook of Pentecostal Theology by urging the reader to consider that Pentecostal theology is never only Pentecostal, since theologians simultaneously participate in multiple communities of discourse that shape their method and hermeneutic.

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