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Thinking in Tongues provides both philosophical thinking about Pentecostalism and philosophical thought from a Pentecostal perspective.

Thinking in Tongues provides both philosophical thinking about Pentecostalism and philosophical thought from a Pentecostal perspective. In both cases the thinking is vintage Jamie Smith: clear, original, and provocative. Non-Pentecostals can be grateful for this analysis of the philosophical importance of this increasingly important strand of Christian thought. C. Stephen Evans Baylor University. James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he also teaches in the congregational and ministry studies department.

In this inaugural Pentecostal Manifestos volume Smith begins from the conviction that implicit in Pentecostal and charismatic spirituality is a tacit worldview or social imaginary. In each case, Smith demonstrates how the implicit wisdom of Pentecostal spirituality makes unique contributions to current conversations in Christian philosophy.

Thinking in Tongues book. Is a Pentecostal Philosophy Possible? Much of the chapter deals with the relationship between theology and philosophy. In the spirit of Plantinga’s famous manifesto, Advice to Christian Philosophers, James K. Smith here offers not only advice to Pentecostal philosophers but also some Pentecostal advice to Christian philosophers.

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In this inaugural Pentecostal Manifestos volume Smith begins from the conviction that implicit in Pentecostal and charismatic spirituality is a tacit worldview or "social imaginary. In each case, Smith demonstrates how the implicit wisdom of Pentecostal spirituality makes unique contributions to current conversations in Christian philosophy

In this inaugural Pentecostal Manifestos volume Smith begins from the conviction that implicit in Pentecostal and charismatic spirituality is a tacit worldview or social imaginary.

pentecostal contributions to Christian philosophy, James K. p. cm. - (Pentecostal manifestos) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8028-6184-9 (pb. alk. paper) 1. Pentecostalism. Ron Billings, David & Stephanie Burton, and our brothers & sisters at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Abington, PA for encouraging us to keep the Feast; and for Amos Yong, fellow pilgrim, wise guide, and faithful friend all along the way. Acknowledgments When I once tried to explain this book to a friend who was not a Christian, I realized it sounded like the plot of a David Lodge farce.

The past several decades have seen a renaissance in Christian philos­ophy, led by the work of Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, William Alston, Eleonore Stump, and others. In the spirit of Plantinga’s famous manifesto, “Advice to Christian Philosophers,” James K. A. Smith here offers not only advice to Pentecostal philosophers but also some Pentecostal advice to Christian philosophers.In this inaugural Pentecostal Manifestos volume Smith begins from the conviction that implicit in Pentecostal and charismatic spirituality is a tacit worldview or “social imaginary.” Thinking in Tongues unpacks and articulates the key elements of this Pentecostal worldview and then explores their implications for philosophical reflection on ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, language, science, and philosophy of religion. In each case, Smith demonstrates how the implicit wisdom of Pentecostal spirituality makes unique contributions to current conversations in Christian philosophy.

Comments: (7)

Iseared
This was a great beginning by Smith, to provide a framework to think about Pentecostalism, Charismatics, and what it means to be actively engaged by the HS. I gave it three stars because of the following: I think it was a courageous first step in putting philosophical framework around pentecostal worship. Why only 3 stars and not more? I felt at times, especially in the last chapter on tongues speech a some sort of social resistance to totalitarian influence of capitalism (tongues as a language of the resistance) was a stretch. There is also a part of me that thinks that the HS's works resists all attempts at trying to provide some sort of framework. There is a mystery here that needs to be "lived in to" and necessarily always explained.

As one who is a firm believer in the active work of the HS and grew up in Pentecostal and Charismatic environments there is a world view and a way of seeing life that pentecostals bring to the table that should challenge the rationalistic status quo of religion. A religion that at many times has allowed itself to be defined by the current modernistic philosophical trends that has watered down and demystified biblical Christianity.

For me instead of describing the water, I would rather jump in and enjoy the water and learn how to swim in that world. I think pentecostals can help us jump and not deceive ourselves into thinking that you can swim, but have never gotten wet.
Marilbine
This book is radically different from so many others. Where other philosophers staunch their Pentecostal identity, Smith claims it and redeems it within the realm of philosophy.

I left this book encouraged and humbled by both the hope for a Pentecostal philosophy and the recognition that Pentecostalism is deeper and thicker than the heady realms of philosophy plain and simple.

There is room for Pentecostalism to send branches into the world of philosophy and contribute ideas of value, but our roots sink down into the soil of experience and embodied faith. Smith gives us confidence in both.
Tholmeena
I grew up in a charismatic church, and I left the charismatic world because I thought it was not intellectually statisfying. I think Smith would admit that some, if not many charismatic churches, do not carefully think through their theology or beliefs. But, Smith compellingly shows that Pentecostal practices carry within them implicit knowledge and beliefs about the world, and God's relationship to the world that cannot otherwise be communicated and understood through normal philosophical dialogue. If you're someone who left the Pentecostal/charismatic tradition because it was intellectually pauce, this book might question your conclusions.
Vudojar
Great book, thought provoking.
Legend 33
Great!
Nuliax
I have a background in the charismatic movement and a degree in religion/philosophy (but am a businessman). It is nice to see some serious scholarhip on this topic. My only reason for three stars is that I wish the "professionsls" in this domain would bring the language and the explanations down to a less obscure and more transparent level. It takes work but it can be done.
Vozuru
Incredibly insightful and thought provoking. Every evangelical should read this book.
If you are a Pentecostal, I highly recommend this book. It legitimizes the Pentecostal framework. I attend a seminary where Pentecostals are at times perceived as ignorant (or unintelligent) for "experiential" theology. This book reminds Pentecostals how important our experiences are to the gospel narrative.
Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy (Pentecostal Manifestos (PM)) download epub
Protestantism
Author: James K. A. Smith
ISBN: 0802861849
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory: Protestantism
Language: English
Publisher: Eerdmans (June 28, 2010)
Pages: 192 pages