Global Renewal, Religious Pluralism, and the Great Commission
Clifton Clarke

Amos Yong


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The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies (No. 4)


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This book asks the right questions about Christian theologies of religion in a pluralstic world that has been dominated by Western post-enlightenment models of discourse. How can cooperation among religions be fostered from Christian theologies that have been tied to an exclusivistic view of Christian mission? How can renewal theology contribute to the charismatic movement’s engagement with other religions? The book addresses those questions in three ways: 1) It explores both the limitations of theologies of religion linked to a Western enlightenment epistemology and the need for a paradigm of Christian engagement that goes beyond the exclusive/inclusive/pluralistic paradigm. 2) It models a pneumatological approach to engaging issues across religions, addressing specific issues in Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic religions in particular contexts. 3) Finally the book presents an internal critique of problems that the charismatic movement has encountered in their evangelism among people of other religions.

-Frances S. Adeney, PhD,

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary


This remarkable series of essays by leading renewalists scholars opens the door to a fresh array of discussions regarding interreligious dialogue and an emerging theology of religions which is informed more explicitly by the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The result is a series of thoughtful contributions, both historical and conceptual, which will enable the church to move simultaneously closer to biblical fidelity to the uniqueness of the Christian message and closer to our non-Christian friends from other faiths. These essays draw upon the familiar language of Pentecostal discourse but, in the process, illuminate a fresh theology of prevenient grace. In the process, these essays challenge conventional notions of epistemology, but nevertheless remain within the boundaries of a Christo-centric soteriology. If read carefully this book will enable the larger evangelical community to embrace a more robust Trinitarian missiology.

-Timothy C. Tennent, Asbury Theological Seminary



About the Author:

     Dr. Amos Yong (Boston University) is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and Director of Doctor of Philosophy Program at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, VA. He is the author of more than ten books and contributed numerous chapters to scholarly books and articles to scholarly journals. His latest book entitled, In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology – The Cadbury Lectures 2009. Sacra Doctrina: Christian Theology for a Postmodern Age series, (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010).


     Dr. Clifton R. Clarke (University of Birmingham) is Associate Professor of Global Missions and World Christianity at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, VA. He is also an ordained bishop in the Church of God (Cleveland TN). Clarke has published numerous scholarly articles and four books. His most recent book is entitled, The Reason Why We Sing: Introducing Black Pentecostal Spirituality, (Grove Books Series: Cambridge, 1997).






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