Systematic Theology and Christian Spirituality

Christopher A. Stephenson

in Types of Pentecostal Theology

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916795
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980284 | DOI:


Systematic Theology and Christian Spirituality

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Chapter 2 addresses the method of giving primacy to articulating the relationship between theology and Christian spirituality. The representatives of this approach are Steven J. Land and Simon K. H. Chan. They address the place of elements such as prayer, worship, religious affections, virtues, and spiritual disciplines in systematic theology. Land, with a particular emphasis on eschatology and pneumatology, argues that spirituality is the very mode through which pentecostals express their theology. Chan, with a particular emphasis on ecclesiology, argues that pentecostal theologians should rejuvenate theology and spirituality by incorporating aspects of the wider Christian spiritual tradition and by adopting a normative liturgy built around Word and sacrament. Both Land and Chan see the relationship between pentecostal spirituality and theology as vital to the spiritual formation of believers and to the perpetuation of pentecostal core values to successive generations.

Keywords: Steven J. Land; Simon K. H. Chan; Spirituality; Pneumatology; Ecclesiology; Eschatology; Liturgy; Sacrament

Chapter.  12931 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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