Speaking by the Spirit:

A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue
Tony Richie

 

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This work develops a Classical Pentecostal theology of religions that utilizes their tradition of testimony as a pneumatological paradigm for interreligious encounter and dialogue. The author shows that Pentecostals have the opportunity of using their historic practice of personal testimony as a public form of Spirit-inspired speech for engaging in interfaith conversations. This study examines the contemporary setting of cultural diversity and religious plurality that is fast becoming typically descriptive of a world increasingly characterized by globalization with a focus on issues involving Pentecostals, especially with its strong heritage of evangelism and missions, generally conservative ethical and theological history, and undeniable multicultural variety. Its context is the United States, but its conversation is global.

 

I am very pleased with this thorough, expansive, creative, and carefully considered work. With Speaking by the Spirit, Tony has taken pentecostal theology of religions and theology of interfaith encounter and dialogue to a wholly new level, sublating all that has gone before him (including my own work, I am ecstatic to report) in articulating – testifying about, to be precise – a powerful theology of witness in a pluralistic world. Beginning with our joint work over the years as representatives of the Society of Pentecostal Studies to the National Council of Churches of Christ Interfaith Commission and now culminating with the completion of this volume, I feel a sense of having passed the theology of religions mantle on to this capable fellow pentecostal brother and theologian. As this volume shows, the topic is in capable hands.

-Amos Yong, Regent University School of Divinity

 

About the Author:

     Dr. Tony Richie (DMin Asbury Theological Seminary, PhD Middlesex University/London School of Theology), a third generation Classical Pentecostal in both his maternal and fraternal heritage, began his public ministry at six years of age testifying to local congregations before his father preached. Today he is a missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador), guest lecturer at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and Lee University (Cleveland, TN), and adjunct theology professor for Regent University Divinity School (Virginia Beach, VA). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest Church in Knoxville, TN, where he resides with his beloved wife and partner in ministry, Sue. He serves the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenism Interest Group Leader and Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA) and represents Pentecostals on the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, an ecumenical international advisory board to the World Council of Churches and Non-Governing Organization to the United Nations. Richie has previously published numerous articles and chapters on Christian theology, and has traveled to more than 20 countries engaging in ecumenical and interreligious activism and dialogue.

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