“The Untrammeled Development of Our Life: Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Common Grace”

Bibliographic Information: 

Butler, Geoffrey. “The Untrammeled Development of Our Life: Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Common Grace.” Canadian-American Theological Review 9, no. 2 (2021): 42-63.

Description
While a force for evangelism and missions that has had an enormous impact on global Christianity, the Pentecostal movement has not historically prized cultural engagement. However, this has begun to change somewhat over the past several decades, with many younger Pentecostals in particular exhibiting a more positive view of culture. It is on this point that the doctrine of common grace, as articulated in the Reformed tradition, has strong potential to inform a Pentecostal theology of cultural engagement. This is particularly true if the doctrine is placed in conversation with Pentecostal pneumatology, which highly prizes the activity of the Holy Spirit in the individual life of the believer. This paper agues that adopting some form of the doctrine of common grace may expand the Pentecostal vision of the Spirit’s work in society much more than at present, leading to a more robust theology both of the Spirit and of cultural engagement

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Canadian-American Theological Review