The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship

Passion for the Spirit


In The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship, Wolfgang Vondey and Martin William Mittelstadt gather a table of experts on one of the most influential voices in current Pentecostal theology. The authors provide an introduction and critical assessment of Yong’s biblical foundations, hermeneutics, epistemology, philosophical presuppositions, trinitarian theology, theology of religions, ecumenical and interfaith relations, theology of disability, engagement with contemporary culture, and participation in the theology and science conversation. These diverse topics are pursued through the complementary perspectives that together shape Yong’s methodology: pneumatology, pentecostalism, and the possibility of renewal. The contributors invite a more thorough reading of Yong’s work and propose a more substantial engagement with the new face of Pentecostal scholarship.

Contributors include Andrew Carver, Jacob D. Dodson, Jeff Hittenberger, Mark Mann, Martin William Mittelstadt, L. William Oliverio, Jr., David A. Reed, Tony Richie, Christopher A. Stephenson, Steven M. Studebaker, Paraskevè (Eve) Tibbs, and Wolfgang Vondey.

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Wolfgang Vondey (Ph.D., Marquette University) is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Regent University, Virginia Beach. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles with special interest in Renewal theology, global Pentecostalism, ecclesiology, ecumenism, and the convergence of science and theology.

Martin William Mittelstadt (Ph.D., Marquette University) is Professor of New Testament at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. His publications include Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts and Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition (London, 2004).
"The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship makes an important contribution with the questions it raises about the new face of Pentecostal theology. It also raises questions about the future of pentecostal scholarship and the impact of pentecostal scholars shaped by a Yongian agenda. Time will tell what impact Yong will have on pentecostal scholars and the role he plays in shaping the scholarship of pentecostalism. To not take Yong seriously or the theologians who employ his work, however, will be injudicious for any scholar of pentecostalism."

Michael Wilkinson, Professor of Sociology, Trinity Western University

Acknowledgments ... ix
List of Contributors ... xi
Abbreviations ... xv

Introduction ... 1
Wolfgang Vondey and Martin William Mittelstadt

1. Reimagining Luke-Acts: Amos Yong and the Biblical Foundation of Pentecostal Theology ... 25
Martin William Mittelstadt

2. The One and the Many: Amos Yong and the Pluralism and Dissolution of Late Modernity ... 45
L. William Oliverio, Jr.

3. Reality, Knowledge, and Life in Community: Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Hermeneutics in the Work of Amos Yong ... 63
Christopher A. Stephenson

4. Toward a Pneumatological Trinitarian Theology: Amos Yong, the Spirit, and the Trinity ... 83
Steven M. Studebaker

5. A Distinctive Turn to Pneumatology: Amos Yong’s Christian Theology of Religions ... 103
Tony Richie

6. Divine Hospitality and Human Diversity: Amos Yong and Foundations of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations ... 123
Jacob D. Dodson

7. Receiving God’s Gift of a Person with Special Needs: Amos Yong’s Theology of Disability ... 141
Jeff Hittenberger

8. Spirit, Theology, and Film: Amos Yong and the Engagement of Contemporary Culture ... 161
Andrew James Carver

9. A Passion for the Spirit: Amos Yong and the Theology and Science Dialogue ... 179
Wolfgang Vondey

10. Traditionalist or Reformist: Amos Yong, Pentecostalism, and the Future of Evangelical Theology ... 199
Mark Mann

11. A Distinct Economy of the Spirit? Amos Yong, Pentecostalism, and Eastern Orthodoxy ... 221
Paraskevè (Eve) Tibbs

12. Amos Yong’s “New” Pentecostal Theology: Anglican Notes on the Oneness-Trinitarian Impasse ... 239
David A. Reed

13. In Place of a Roman Catholic Assessment: Amos Yong, Pentecostal Scholarship, and Ralph Del Colle (1954–2012) ... 259
Wolfgang Vondey

Epilogue: Amos Yong and the Future of Pentecostal Scholarship ... 267

Bibliography of Amos Yong ... 275
Index of Names ... 283
Index of Subjects ... 287
Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal scholars alike interested in the diverse topics and interdisciplinary work and theology of Amos Yong and the emergence of contemporary Pentecostal scholarship.
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