21 September 2010

Book: In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology

Just published: Amos Yong, "In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology" (Eerdmans, August 2010):


Publisher's description: "In the Days of Caesar is a constructive political theology formulated in sustained dialogue with pentecostalism – one of the most vibrant religious movements at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Amos Yong here argues that the many tongues, practices, and gifts of pentecostal Christianity can offer new resources to the larger Christian community as it seeks to engage and transform social, political, and economic structures around the world. Yong seeks to correct stereotypes of pentecostalism, both political and theological, and to encourage pentecostals to craft a distinct political theology from their own pentecostalism rather than merely to adopt an external framework for theological or political self-understanding. Moreover, Yong shows how a distinctively pentecostal form of theological reflection has the potential to illuminate and enhance broader Christian belief and practice. This book's engagement with political theology from a pentecostal perspective is the first of its kind. Yong hopes here to serve as an interpreter of the many tongues of pentecostalism and the many other tongues of political theology, to help foster a mutually beneficial discourse and open up uncharted trajectories in both fields."

Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University.

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