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Handbook of Pentecostal Christianity, reviewed by Wolfgang Vondey

Each essay concludes with references and suggestions for further reading. Here, the reader will find direction to standard texts on diverse topics. The critical essays, in particular, highlight many themes worthy of further examination. Although each essay can be read on its own (in the manner of a handbook), the collection is easily read as a whole and presents Pentecostalism in a distinctly positive light, as a curious, lively, energetic manifestation of Christianity, and yet concerned with fundamental Christian beliefs, orthodox practices, and biblical principles. The volume challenges Pentecostals to go further in their own characterization of Pentecostal Christianity. If the Society for Pentecostal Studies, for example, would adopt the idea to create a more comprehensive edition of this handbook, the result could be of far-reaching significance for the study of Pentecostalism.

Reviewed by Wolfgang Vondey


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Category: Church History, Fall 2015

About the Author: Wolfgang Vondey, Ph.D. (Marquette University) and M.Div. (Church of God Theological Seminary), is Reader in Contemporary Christianity and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is an ordained minister with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). His research focuses on ecclesiology, pneumatology, theological method, and the intersection of theology and science.

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