Pentecostalism as a Christian Mystical Tradition

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Daniel Castelo
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , March
     214 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by David Bradnick forthcoming.


Informed reassessment of Pentecostalism as a mystical tradition of the church universal

Pentecostalism, says Daniel Castelo, is commonly framed as "evangelicalism with tongues" or dismissed as simply a revivalist movement. In this book Castelo argues that Pentecostalism is actually best understood as a Christian mystical tradition.

Taking a theological approach to Pentecostalism, Castelo looks particularly at the movement's methodology and epistemology as he carefully distinguishes it from American evangelicalism. Castelo displays the continuity between Pentecostalism and ancient church tradition, creating a unified narrative of Pentecostalism and the mystical tradition of Christianity throughout history and today. Finally, he uses a test case to press the question of what the interactions between mystical theology and dogmatics could look like.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Daniel Castelo is professor of dogmatic and constructive theology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary. He is also the author of Pneumatology: A Guide for the Perplexed.

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