The Spirit Poured out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology

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The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology. By Amos Yong. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005. 320 pp. Paperback $24.99.

Amos Yong is emerging as one of the most significant theologians to come out of classic Pentecostalism. His previous publications-Discerning the Spirit(s) (Sheffield, Eng., 2000) and Beyond the Impasse (Grand Rapids, 2003), both dealing with his speciality, theology of religions-have won him critical acclaim. The present book is certainly his finest and most comprehensive to date. In this ambitious work he expands his horizons to embrace several major themes in systematic and philosophical theology, seeking always to relate a Pentecostal theology to the global context. In this effort he is certainly no narrow Pentecostal fundamentalist-some Pentecostals and evangelicals would find him too inclusive in his sweep. Neither does Yong represent global Pentecostal theology in any "traditional" or normative sense; his ideas are fresh and creative, at times even startling and controversial, belying his appointment in a conservative American Christian university.

Yong's eight substantial chapters are arranged around the Acts 2 (Joel) text from which the book title is derived. His attempt to provide a "world Pentecostal theology" succeeds in showing the wide diversity of Pentecostalism, but his introduction does not include the white North American and European Pentecostalism part of the equation-even though by his own admission his experience is limited to the American context. …