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Book Announcement: Experience and its Epistemology in Pentecostal Theologies

Maltese, Giovanni. Geisterfahrer zwischen Transzendenz und Immanenz: Die Erfahrungsbegriffe in den pfingstlich-charismatischen Theologien von Terry L. Cross und Amos Yong im Vergleich. Bd. 61. Kirche – Konfession – Religion. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Unipress, 2013.

Experience has frequently been regarded as one of the central features of Pentecostal-charismatic movement and as one of the reasons for its tremendous growth. Yet, the concepts of experience which are operationalized in Pentecostal theology have seldom been questioned, let aside their philosophical premises. This book studies two of the most important Pentecostal theologians, reconstructing and evaluating their quite opposite notions of experience and their underlying epistemologies. Terry Cross’ theologia experientiae, which draws from Karl Barth’s dialectic, and Amos Yong’s theologia religionum, which is based on a notion of experience influenced by the American pragmatist C.S. Peirce and by Catholic metaphysics, are thus for the first time critically assessed by a German publication and compared with one another.


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247 pages, hardcover

ISBN 978-3-8471-0151-2

€ 39,99 Order Information


The author: Giovanni Maltese, doctoral research fellow at the Department of History of Religions and Mission Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany, studied philosophy theology and religious studies in Heidelberg, Mainz and in the Philippines, and is currently working on a PhD research project entitled »Politics and Society in Filipino Pentecostalism«.

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Giovanni Maltese

Universität Heidelberg, Germany / Emory University, Atlanta
Religions Studies & Intercultural Theology / Center for the Study of Law & Religion
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