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There are at least seven registers through which the arguments of this volume can be read.
First, there is the philosophical thread. Here, the discussion moves seamlessly from epistemology to ontology to performative theory, inspired by Nigerian Pentecostal ways of knowing, to probe ever more deeply into how Nigerian Pentecostal reality is constituted, and returning therein via the hermeneutical spiral to reconfigure how such probing can further inform epistemic analyses. All the while, the modality of engagement does not remain merely abstract but connects to and is concerned about Pentecostal performance, ways of life, and modes of behavior. Here again, performative analyses are interwoven with epistemological perspectives and ontological constructions, each moment derivative of but ever always also informing the other two.
Second, one can read this book as a contribution to political theory and political economy. From this angle, readers pivot from contemporary theories of human embodiment toward social theory on the one side and ecclesial theory (ecclesiology) on the other. This means that social theorists will be confronted with the nature of Nigerian Pentecostal ecclesiality on the one hand and ecclesiologists will be challenged to engage with social and economic dynamics on the other, while both will be challenged and informed by recent developments that root social subjectivation in interpersonal and embodied interrelationality. The intersubjectivity of embodied creatures, meanwhile, has the potential to unleash spiritual powers, both ecclesially and socially, politically, and economically, sometimes separately but more often together. Herein lies the kind of political theory that is relevant to our present postmodern context, one that can navigate the interfaces of the sacred and the secular, helpfully distinguishing them where appropriate but more often seeing their interconnection, a capacity much more needed in our postsecular time.
Third, gains made in the political-theoretical domain open up to other dimensions of contemporary relevance, including but not limited to cultural theory, race analyses, and postcolonial studies. Nigerian Pentecostalism as a case study illuminates the processes of cultural formation (also of deformation and transformation), invites consideration at the intersection of race and religion (of the burden of, and also the opportunities for, blackness in a post-European world), and exposes the contradictions of Protestant religion in the postcolony (as biblically informed, missionary-influenced, and yet indigenously inspired religiosity), all the while charting trajectories of research in these arenas.
Pentecostalism is one of the fastest-growing religious movements in the world. Groups in the United States dominated early Pentecostal histories, but recent global manifestations have expanded and complicated the definition of Pentecostalism. This volume provides a nuanced overview of Pentecostalism's various manifestations and explores what it means to be Pentecostal from the perspectives of both insiders and outsiders. Leading scholars in the field use a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the historical, economic, political, anthropological, sociological and theological aspects of the movement. They address controversies, such as the Oneness-Trinity controversy; introduce new theories; and chart trajectories for future research. The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism will enable beginners to familiarize themselves with the important issues and debates surrounding the global movement, while also offering experienced scholars a valuable handbook for reference.
The question concerning conflicting truth claims so often at the center of theological discussions of religious pluralism has not shown signs of resolution insofar as the debates have proceeded from within the framework of propositional discourses. Among other reasons, this is in part due to the inadequacies of language to capture and communicate transcendental realities, in part due to the variety of interpretative systems associated with the religions, and in part due to religious truths claims as inviting inhabitation and practical embodiment rather than just describing objective realities. The thesis proposed here is that a pneumatological approach to the diversity of religions provides hitherto untapped resources for the theological understanding of religious truth. Building on the narrative of Pentecost in Acts 2, it is suggested that the Spirit's being poured out upon all flesh enables us not only to register the values of particular and distinct claims to truth, but also to engage such truths in some ways ‘from the inside’. This preserves the otherness of the religious other even while enabling interreligious dialogue.
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