Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 15, 2010 - Religion - 155 pages
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The past several decades have seen a renaissance in Christian philosophy, led by the work of Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, William Alston, Eleonore Stump, and others. In the spirit of Plantinga s famous manifesto, Advice to Christian Philosophers, James K. A. Smith here offers not only advice to Pentecostal philosophers but also some Pentecostal advice to Christian philosophers.

In this inaugural Pentecostal Manifestos volume Smith begins from the conviction that implicit in Pentecostal and charismatic spirituality is a tacit worldview or social imaginary. Thinking in Tongues unpacks and articulates the key elements of this Pentecostal worldview and then explores their implications for philosophical reflection on ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, language, science, and philosophy of religion. In each case, Smith demonstrates how the implicit wisdom of Pentecostal spirituality makes unique contributions to current conversations in Christian philosophy.
 

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What has Azusa Street to do with Geneva or even Amsterdam? Is it possible to integrate pentecostal and Calvinist or even neocalvinist views? Smith maintains that it is and with this manifesto he tries ... Read full review

Contents

Thinking in Tongues
1
Gods Surprise
17
Storied Experience
48
Shattering Paradigms Opening the World
86
From Beliefs to Altar Calls
106
At the Limits of Speech
123
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James K. A. Smith is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and executive director of the Society of Christian Philosophers. His other books include Desiring the Kingdom, The Devil Reads Derrida, and Who s Afraid of Postmodernism?

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