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James K. A. Smith: Thinking in Tongues

Overall, Smith has achieved his goals for this book: “to outline a program rather than accomplishing it” (xix), “to articulate a call for a distinctly pentecostal philosophy” (xxiv), and this book makes a valuable contribution to purpose of the “Pentecostal Manifestos” series. It has established a philosophical beachhead for the next wave of pentecostal philosophers to enlarge. The ongoing challenge is as Smith has noted, for it will require the “two hats” (church and academy) to be worn (9). The task of academic engagement must not come at a cost of losing touch with real-life church culture. The academic world of philosophy must remain rooted in the experience of every person in the church.

Reviewed by John R. Miller


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Category: Fall 2011, In Depth, Pneuma Review

About the Author: John R. Miller is an ordained minister with Elim Fellowship of Lima, NY and serves as Pastor of Education with Living Word Temple of Restoration, Rochester, NY. He has a degree from Elim Bible Institute, a B.Div. (Trinity Theological Seminary), C.P.E. (University of Rochester), M.Div. (Northeastern Seminary), and Ph.D. (Regent University). He teaches at Regent University and Elim Bible Institute & College.

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