This summer, Eerdmans will be releasing three books in a new series entitled, “Pentecostal Manifestos”: Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy by James K. A. Smith (06/29/2010), Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God by Frank D. Macchia (07/29/2010), and Beyond Pentecostalism: The Crisis of Global Christianity and the Renewal of the Theological Agenda by Wolfgang Vondey (08/29/2010). If there is one thing you will hear me say again and again, it is that as Christians we must begin (and it is our present task) to rethink the way(s) in which we think and speak of God: I am wholly convinced that these three books will be a fantastic contribution to Pentecostal Theology—yes, there is such a thing, and these contributions are the evidence that P/pentecostals are seriously thinking about their place in the contemporary theological discourse.
Smith’s Thinking in Tongues, the shortest in the series at 184pp, will consider philosophical questions apropos “ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, language, science, and philosophy of religion” in light of the Pentecostal worldview. In Justified in the Spirit, Macchia seeks to fill the gap between the “classically Protestant” and “traditionally Catholic” positions on justification from a pentecostal perspective, while attending to “the Christological, ecclesiological, social, and ecological implications of justification.” In Beyond Pentecostalism, Vondey contends that “Pentecostal thought and praxis represent an indispensable catalyst for the realization of [the task of formulating a global theology].” Vondey also suggests, “Pentecostalism itself is in the process of going beyond its own historical, theological, sociocultural, and institutional boundaries.” (Quotes are from above links, respectively.)
These three books will be a marvelous contribution to the field of Pentecostal Theology. Keep an eye on the site, as we will be reviewing these texts as they are released.