The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit

The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit

The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit

The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit

Synopsis

The Pentecostal Manifestos series aims to speak for and to a rising, outward-looking generation of Pentecostal scholarship. Written by both established and newly emerging scholars, the various "manifesto" volumes are creative statements, marked by rigorous theological scholarship, reflecting a distinctly Pentecostal engagement with wider themes and concerns in Christian thought today.

Excerpt

There was one Easter; there are millions of Pentecosts.

José Comblin, The Holy Spirit and Liberation

This book is first and foremost an engaged pentecostal-theological intervention in the methodology of social ethics. Arguing that the pneumatological dynamic is central to ethical methodology, it brings pentecostal experience and ideas into dialogue with the broader academy, with mainstream theological and philosophical scholarships, and other voices outside the tradition. It follows the recent efforts of leading pentecostal theologians to expand the horizon of pentecostal scholarship and to invite those outside the movement to seriously consider pentecostal voices, perspectives, and proposals in their theologies, philosophies, and ethics.

This study formulates the central pneumatological dynamic as the pentecostal principle — the capacity of social existence to begin something new. the pentecostal principle is a synthesis of both the Protestant principle and the Catholic substance and the animating force toward a theonomous connection of culture with the divine depth of existence. On the basis of a rigorous elucidation and defense of the pentecostal principle, I formulate a method of ethics that explicitly thinks through and out of the pentecostal reality. I show how the pentecostal experience and spirituality can be brought into the field of ethical methodology with a serious en-

1. José Comblin, The Holy Spirit and Liberation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1989), p. 184.

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