Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement
Douglas Jacobsen | 2003-10-30 00:00:00 | Indiana University Press | 440 | Catholicism
This book is about the boisterous beginnings of the American Pentecostal movement and the ideas that defined that movement during those formative years. It follows a group of men who rethought the Christian faith in light of their new experience of God. Thinking in the Spirit aims to provide scholars and general readers who know little or nothing about Pentecostalism with an introduction to the ideas of the movement's most articulate early spokespersons, and to provide Pentecostals with a non-judgmental historical source to help them in their theological reflections. Douglas Jacobsen focuses on the individuals who formed the original brain trust of this now gigantic religious movement. In a 25-year burst of creative energy at the beginning of the 20th century, these leaders articulated almost all the basic theological ideas that continue to define the Pentecostal message in the United States and around the world.
This is a book of great historical significance. It brought back so many memories. How did we get to where we are today? This book helps illuminate the ecclesiastical leadership of the first couple of decades and how their ministry helped shape the course of events, beyond their time. Definitely worth reading and having in your library.
In her review in the Christian Century, Edith Blumhofer of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals said this was one of only a very few "must read" books dealing with Pentecostalism. She is absolutely right. This book is written in a lively style very different from some of the boring theology I have read in the past. It is fun to read, and if you have any interest in Pentecostals this book is an absolute page turner. This book is not just about theology - it is full of biography and the general history of the movement told in a prose style that reads like a good novel. All in all it is the best book I have ever read on the topic.
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