The Mediation of the Spirit: Interventions in Practical Theology

The Mediation of the Spirit: Interventions in Practical Theology

The Mediation of the Spirit: Interventions in Practical Theology

The Mediation of the Spirit: Interventions in Practical Theology

Synopsis

How might a distinctively Pentecostal and charismatic theological perspective inform and enrich the discourse of academic practical theology? In order to address that question, Mark Cartledge in this book probes the relationship between Scripture, experience, and the Holy Spirit by means of the concept of mediation -- that is, how the divine is experienced in the world.An expert in both Pentecostal theology and practical theology, Cartledge offers a unique intervention into practical theology through the lens of the Holy Spirit. He presents an original reading of Pentecost and the Spirit-reception texts in the book of Acts and engages with current literature in both Pentecostal studies and practical theology. Further, Cartledge places his whole discussion within a broader Protestant theological framework, and he interrogates an existing congregational study to provide a real-life example of theological intervention.

Excerpt

This book has been a number of years in the pipeline. It took some time before I actually cleared my desk of the demands of other writing projects to create some space and attend to it. It began, as projects often do, with a conversation, in this case with Amos Yong, one of the series editors who was visiting the uk. I became convinced of its feasibility while eating a meal with him and my wife in a Moroccan restaurant in Birmingham. How often it is that theology and food live in close harmony and lead to writing decisions!

The Pentecostal Manifestos series seeks to identify a theological domain outside of Pentecostal and charismatic scholarship and address particular issues in that domain with a view to engaging in a broader theological conversation. I regard my field of study as located within Pentecostal and charismatic studies, and I approach this field from both empirical studies (including social scientific perspectives) and theology, so that I find myself located within the discipline of practical theology, and especially its empirical approach. Primarily, I move from the one to the other, although occasionally I have worked rather separately in both domains from either sociological or theological perspectives. This project gave me an opportunity to reverse my normal direction of study (from practical theology to Pentecostal and charismatic studies) and to ask how Pentecostal and charismatic theological perspectives might inform and contribute to the discourse of practical theology. in other words, how might insights and knowledge gained from research into theology from a Pentecostal and charismatic perspective interject into the discourse of practical theology? It builds on my earlier work and extends my thinking and contribution quite considerably (see chap. 1).

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