Pentecostals and Roman Catholics on Becoming a Christian, Dr. Karen Murphy explores the fifth round of the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue (1998-2006). Discussing Spirit-baptism, faith, conversion, experience, and discipleship, Dr. Murphy notes areas in which the Dialogue has evolved since its inception in 1972. She unpacks the commonalities that bond Catholics and Pentecostals and examines theological divergences and challenges to dialogue. While Catholics approach becoming a Christian from a sacramental perspective, most Pentecostals think of Christian initiation in non-sacramental, or conversionist, terms, a reality that fosters ongoing tensions between the two traditions. Dr. Murphy reveals how Catholics and Pentecostals seek to overcome this dichotomy by honoring spirituality and experience as integral to the ecumenical encounter.
Karen R.J. Murphy, Ph.D. (2013), Fuller Theological Seminary, is Affiliate Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Fuller Seminary and Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies at George Fox University.
Table of contents
Introduction Importance of the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue
Outline of Chapters
Roman Catholic and Pentecostal Rapprochement Introduction
The Development of Roman Catholic Ecumenism
Current Ecumenical Trends in Roman Catholicism The Development of Pentecostal Ecumenism
Theological and Historical Challenges to Pentecostal Ecumenism Current Ecumenical Trends in Pentecostalism Catholics and Pentecostals in Dialogue
Foundation of Dialogue Nature of Dialogue Purpose of the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue Current Challenges to Dialogue Introduction to the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue
The First Four Phases (1972–1997) The Fifth Phase (1998–2006)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Christian Initiation Introduction to the 1998 Session (Bolton, Ontario)
Introduction to the Final Report
Outpouring, Presence, and Charisms Two Moments of Spirit Reception Biblical Perspectives
Spirit Baptism is a Gift from God Spirit Baptism is Personal and Trinitarian Revelation Spirit Baptism is Pneumatological Empowerment and Christological Presence Spirit Baptism is Transformational Patristic Perspectives Patristic Support for the Rediscovery of the Charisms in Initiation The Normative and Sacramental Nature of Spirit Baptism? Contemporary Reflections Catholic Perspectives Pentecostal Perspectives Summary and Valuation
4 Faith and Christian Initiation Introduction to the 1999 Session (Venice, Italy) Introduction to the Final Report The Nature of Faith New Testament and Patristic Perspectives The Salvific Nature of Faith The Ordo Salutis of Christian Initiation Formation in Faith The Communal Nature of Faith Faith and Baptism Summary and Valuation
5 Conversion and Christian Initiation Introduction to the 2000 Session (Vienna, Austria) Introduction to the Final Report Conversion as Christological Event Conversion as Process, Event, or Series of Events Conversion and Roman Catholicism The Nature of Conversion The Sacramental and Communal Context of Conversion The Evangelistic Quality of Conversion The Importance of Baptism Conversion and Pentecostalism The Nature of Conversion Conversion as Event or Process Pentecostal Conversion and Water Baptism Biblical Perspectives Catholic Analysis Pentecostal Analysis Reflections on Biblical Perspectives Patristic Perspectives Conversion as Transformation The Patristic Challenge: The Authority of the Church Fathers Contemporary Reflections Summary and Valuation
6 Experience in Christian Life Introduction to the 2001 Session (Celje, Slovenia) Introduction to the Final Report Renewed Catholic Openness to Experience Leading up to Vatican
Pentecostals and Experience Experience in the Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue Biblical Perspectives The Personal Nature of Experience Experience as Transformative The Communal Quality of Experience Discernment in Experience Patristic Perspectives Convergences Divergences Contemporary Perspectives Summary and Valuation
7 Christian Formation and Discipleship Introduction to the 2002 Session (Sierra Madre,
) Introduction to the Final Report Convergences Divergences Biblical Perspectives Discipleship as “Following” Jesus Discipleship as “Abiding” with Jesus The Role of the Holy Spirit in Discipleship and Christian Formation The Communal Nature of Christian Formation Patristic Perspectives Diverse Ways of Following Christ The Holy Spirit and Discipleship Christian Formation in Catechesis and the Catechumenate Contemporary Reflections Summary and Valuation of the Session
8 Summary and Assessment Summary Assessment Looking Forward Conclusion
Bibliography Primary Sources: Dialogue Documents Final Reports Dialogue Information Agreed Accounts Hard Questions Position Papers, Cited and Consulted Secondary Sources Documents Lectures and Conferences Books and Articles
Anyone interested in ecumenism, Roman Catholicism, and Classical Pentecostalism, as well as those interested in Spirit-baptism, conversion, faith, or experience, who desire to understand sacramental and non-sacramental perspectives on these topics.