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Becoming All Things, Spoiling the Egyptians, and Occupying Culture till Christ Comes

16 Marion L. Soards, New International Biblical Commentary: 1 Corinthians (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson), 194.

17 Gordon D. Fee, The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The First Epistle to the Corinthians (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), 422-33 (432). Italics are original.

18 Larry D. Bouchard, “Culture,” A New Handbook of Christian Theology, eds. Donald W. Musser and Joseph L. Price (Nashville: Abingdon, 1992), 115-17 (115).

19 Bouchard, “Culture,” 115.

20 Bouchard, “Culture,” 116-17. Cf. Paul Tillich, Theology of Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1964).

21 William C. Placher, “Postmodern Theology,” A New Handbook of Christian Theology, eds. Donald W. Musser and Joseph L. Price (Nashville: Abingdon, 1992), 272-75 (275).

22 Knight, A Future for Truth. The quote is from the back cover.

23 Tertullian, On Prescription Against Heretics, Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 3 (PC Study Bible, Biblesoft, Inc.), cp. 7.

24 Notably, even Tertullian’s reluctance regarding worldly philosophy and philosophers does not restrain him from referencing “the enlightened view of Plato”, Ad Nationes (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 3, PC Study Bible): 2:3, or openly admitting the conditional value of philosophy, On the Resurrection of the Flesh (Ante-Nicene Fathers), 3:3. Consequently, even here the contrast between culture and Christianity is not so “cut and dried” as is so often assumed.

25 James W. Sire, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 161.

26 John M. Yeats and John Blase, Worldviews: Think for Yourself about How We See God, gen. ed. Mark Tabb (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2006), 15-25.

27 Cf. Yeats and Blase, Worldviews, 7-10.

28 Sire, Naming the Elephant, 12.

29 My own view here is similar to that of John Wesley. Religion built entirely upon reason is deism (or, as I would say, only a form). Religion built without reason is enthusiasm (or, fanaticism). Religion that recognizes reason’s limitations but utilizes its contributions is true religion and true Christianity (or, genuine faith). E.g., see “The Case of Reason Impartially Considered,” Wesley’s Works (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 1991 [from 1872 ed.]), 6:350-60, “An Earnest Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion,” 8:1-45, and “A Farther Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion,” 8:46-247.

30 Cf. Yeats and Blase, Worldviews, 181-85.

31 Cf. Yeats and Blase, Worldviews, 190-91.

32 Yeats and Blase, Worldviews, 211.

33 For an introduction to postmodernism by a Pentecostal addressing a broader audience, see Jamie K. A. Smith, a prolific philosopher from a Reformed/Calvinist orientation, Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism: Taking Derrida, Lyotard and Foucault to Church (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006).

34 Jackie David Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 7 (1995), 73-96, (73-84).

35 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 84-85.

36 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 85-86 (85).

37 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 86.

38 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 87-88.

39 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 88-91.

40 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 91-92.

41 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 92-94

42 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 95.

43 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 96.

44 Johns, “Pentecostalism and the Postmodern Worldview,” 96.

45 French L. Arrington, “Luke,” Full Life Bible Commentary to the New Testament, eds. French L. Arrington and Roger Stronstad (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999), 501.

46 Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: New Testament III: Luke, ed. Arthur A. Just, Jr., gen. ed. Thomas C. Oden (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 295.

47 Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002), 92.

48 Kärkkäinen, Pneumatology, 94.

49 Margaret Poloma, The Assemblies of God at the Crossroads: Charisma and Institutional Dilemmas (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1989), 8.

50 Garnet Parris, “Pentecostal Spirituality,” The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (NWDCS), ed. Philip Sheldrake (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005), 485-86.

51 Philip Sheldrake, “Postmodernity,” NWDCS, 498-500.

52 J. W. Shepherd, “Worship,” The New International Dictionary of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (NIDPCM), eds. Stanley M. Burgess and Eduard M. Van Der Mass (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), 1217-20 (1219).

53 See Shepherd, “Worship,” NIDPCM, 1220.

54 Grant Wacker, Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture (London: Harvard University Press, 2001).

55 Thomas Bulfinch, Bulfinch’s Mythology: A Modern Abridgement by Edmund Fuller (New York: Dell, 1959, 1967), 268 (cf. 43).

56 See The Willowbank Report: Report of a Consultation on GOSPEL AND CULTURE at Willowbank, Somerset Bridge, Bermuda, January 6-16, 1978 (Wheaton, IL: Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, 1978): 33 (sponsored by the Lausanne Theology and Education Group).

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About the Author: Tony Richie, D.Min, Ph.D., is missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador) and adjunct professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest in Knoxville, TN. He has served the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader and is currently Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and represents Pentecostals with Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He is the author of Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue (Emeth Press, 2011) and Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions: Encountering Cornelius Today (CPT Press, 2013) as well as several journal articles and books chapters on Pentecostal theology and experience.

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