Coloring Outside the Lines: Pentecostal Parallels with Expressionism. The Work of the Spirit in Place, Time, and Secular Society?

In: Journal of Pentecostal Theology


This article examines the historic parallels between the development of American Pentecostalism and the formation of German Expressionism. German Expression is examined through the grid of Restorationism, African Culture, Experience, and heightened Expressions found in early American Pentecostalism. After their parallels are drawn out, significant questions regarding the role of the Spirit in relation to these separate cultural circles are explored. Answers to some of these questions encourage Pentecostal theology to look deeper into the concept of Sacred Time. Included is a look at the possible intersection of the Spirit and the artist community, calling for deeper Pentecostal engagement with the arts.

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