“<i>Regula Spiritualitatis</i>, <i>Regula Doctrinae</i>”

Christopher A. Stephenson

in Types of Pentecostal Theology

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


“Regula Spiritualitatis, Regula Doctrinae”

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Chapter 5 is the author’s contribution to theological method in light of what that has not been sufficiently developed within the four methodological types. Specifically, it is an adaptation of the principle lex orandi, lex credendi called regula spiritualitatis, regula doctrinae, or, “the rule of spirituality and the rule of doctrine.” This principle (1) exhibits the traditional pentecostal emphasis on pneumatology and eschatology, (2) establishes a strong relationship between theology and spirituality in the process of formulating doctrine, (3) is attentive to the hermeneutical matrix constituted by pentecostal communities, and (4) gives a prominent place to biblical interpretation in systematic theology. An exercise in the Lord’s supper illustrates the salient points of the proposed method. After the pattern of lex orandi, lex credendi, some of the primary concerns of pentecostal spirituality are permitted to raise the theological questions addressed in a doctrine of the Lord’s supper. In turn, a doctrine of the Lord’s supper is permitted to inform aspects of pentecostal spirituality.

Keywords: Pentecostal Theology; Pentecostal Spirituality; Theological Method; Lex Orandi; Lex Credendi; Lord’s supper; Pneumatology; Eschatology

Chapter.  8333 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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