Sam Hey will be giving a paper / presentation on Contemporary Pentecostal Theologies next Friday 6 June 2014 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Room E303 Forgan Smith Building University of Queensland, St Lucia.
Abstract: Christian theologies are in a state of transition as they seek to engage more fully with contemporary scholarship and society’s needs. Pentecostal theology is also changing, from its earlier emphasis on popular revivalism, followed by alignment with conservative, fundamentalist and evangelical theologies to more highly developed practical and academic theologies. There is acknowledgement that popular Pentecostalism has at times over emphasized experientialism, emotionalism, subjectivism, bibliolatry, hierarchical leadership and institutionalism. However, more recent practical and academic Pentecostal theologies have sought to overcome these limitations and apply the insights of Spirit led renewal movements to the development of theologies that respond to contemporary concerns. This paper explores developments in contemporary Pentecostal theologies by theologians such as Amos Yong, Simon Chan, Steven Land, Wolfgang Vondey, James K.A. Smith and others who have shown how an emphasis on the Holy Spirit, intuitive experience, innovation, pragmatism, worship and mission can contribute to a theology that benefits all traditions and meets the requirements of contemporary churches and society.
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