Title:Defining Issues in Pentecostalism: Classical and Emergent
Description: In the last decade Pentecostal studies have been coming into their own, with the emergence of a new generation of Pentecostal scholars and a growing interest in the wider academic world.
The greater interest is clearly connected with the rapid spread of Pentecostal and charismatic revivalistic faith on the emerging continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Studebaker’s collection of essays gathers the papers, mostly by Canadian scholars, presented at the Pentecostal Forum hosted by McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, in 2007.
The editor’s introduction presents Pentecostalism as comprising three "waves", classical Pentecostalism, the Charismatic Renewal from the 1950s and "the neo-charismatic movement" or "Third Wave", spear-headed by C. Peter Wagner and John Wimber in the 1980s.
The third label is misleading, accepting too uncritically Wagner’s 1980s self-perception of this development before he identified the beginnings of a "New Apostolic Reformation".
It also betrays the North-American centredness of the volume, since the worldwide explosion of new charismatic-type networks and churches has not simply been launched from the USA.
Here we touch on a dilemma faced not only by the editor but by the whole Pentecostal movement in North America.
The massive growth of Pentecostalism as a dynamic explosion of spiritual experience and phenomena is happening above all in Africa, Asia and Latin America, at the same time as Pentecostal scholars in North America are attaining some respectability and notice in the academic world.
Author(s):Father Peter Hocken
Source:Geistgewirkt - Geistbewegt, GGE Verlag, Hamburg
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