Research on Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity has increased dramatically in recent decades, and a diverse array of disciplines have begun to address a range of elements of these movements. Yet, there exists very little understanding of Pentecostal theology, and it is not uncommon to encounter stereotypes and misperceptions.
Addressing this gap in current research, The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology is an exceptional reference source to the key topics, challenges, and debates in this growing field of study and is the first collection of its kind to offer a comprehensive presentation and critical discussion of this subject. Comprising over forty chapters written by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into five parts:
Contextualizing Pentecostal Theology
Doctrines and Practices
Conversations and Challenges.
These sections take the reader through a comprehensive introduction to what Pentecostals believe and how they practice their faith. Looking at issues such as the core teachings of Pentecostalism concerning Spirit baptism, divine healing, or eschatology; unique practices, such as spiritual warfare and worship; and less discussed issues, such as social justice and gender, each chapter builds towards a nuanced and global picture of the theology of the Pentecostal movement.
The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology is essential reading for students and researchers in Pentecostal studies, world christianity, and theology as well as scholars working in contemporary religious studies.
Wolfgang Vondey is Professor of Christian Theology and Pentecostal Studies and the director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.
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