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Bill Oliverio: Theological Hermeneutics in the Classical Pentecostal Tradition

Therefore, and this is my afterword to Oliverio’s conclusion—the diversifying power of Pentecost towards theological pluralism (in contrast to the hegemonic drives of Babel) is what funds our historical journey towards the ever-expanding knowledge of God. Hence, as I have elsewhere expressed, Oliverio and Smith’s respective projects imply a teleological aim to theological pluralism, and thereby also to fostering engagements between diverse theological paradigms. This aim comprises movement towards higher levels of generative-emergent theological reflection, translating the global multidimensionalities of salvation experience and resultant epistemic resources, into prophesied potentialities for human and creational flourishing, albeit in manners filial to the Christian vision of God’s mission (missio Dei) within history and towards creation. This trajectory thus allies Wolfgang Vondey’s suggestion that whereas the history of Pentecostal scholarship historically shifted from the formation of missionaries, to historians, biblical scholarship, and then to theologians, its future may now evolve moreover to the formation of Pentecostal scientists, who will fund the human and natural sciences with the epistemic resources of global Pentecostal spirituality.

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Category: In Depth, Spring 2015

About the Author: Monte Lee Rice is a Pentecostal minister based in Singapore who served in churches and Bible colleges as a pastor, church planting director, and theological educator. He has ministered within some 15 nations in Southeast Asia and Africa, and graduated from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary with a M.Div. in theology (summa cum laude, 2002). He is an independent scholar in Pentecostal theology, co-administers the Pentecostal Theology Worldwide Facebook group, and is impassioned towards the global renewing of Pentecostal spirituality, its theological tradition, and its ecumenical promise for the Church worldwide. Visit his blog at: LinkedIn Twitter: @MonteLeeRice.

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