Early Pentecostals proclaimed the restoration of the charismatic gifts as a sign of the imminent coming of Christ. This eschatology was later marginalized by the rise of fundamentalist dispensationalism. Today Pentecostal eschatology is being revised to include a more transformative view of the kingdom. This book proposes a further revision of Pentecostal eschatology created to recover prophetic elements of early Pentecostalism that invite a responsible social engagement in the world, and to overcome fundamentalist assumptions which have crept into Pentecostal theology in it s middle years. To this end, the eschatological thought of selected Pentecostal theologians is placed in dialogue with Jurgen Moltmann. This dialogue critiques fundamentalist tendencies within contemporary Pentecostalism by advocating a theology more open to history and creation, and a Pentecostal ethic both personal and social in scope.
Table of Contents
Pentecostal Eschatology - The Story of the "Latter Rain"; Revisioning Pentecostal Eschatology - Contemporary Pentecostal Theologians Rethink the Kingdom of God; The Transformationist Eschatology of Jurgen Moltmann; Eschatological Dialogue - Convergences and Divergences between Moltmann and the Pentecostals.
Peter Althouse received his PhD from Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology and is presently an independent scholar living in the greater Toronto area.