Missiology and the Interreligious Encounter

Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, André Droogers and Cornelis van der Laan

in Studying Global Pentecostalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266612
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947504 | DOI:
Missiology and the Interreligious Encounter

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This chapter illustrates Pentecostal theologies of mission and theologies of religions. It also attempts to articulate a Pentecostal theology of the Pentecostals. Pentecostal missiology, theology of religions, interreligious encounter, and dialogue are interrelated and interdependent. Missiology, theology of religions, and interreligious dialogue are characterized by closely interlocking concerns. A fundamental focal point shared by all three is that of intentional Christian encounter with other religions. A Pentecostal-pneumatological approach to the theology of religions opens up to the kinds of Christian practices through which Christians themselves are transformed and even saved. A parallel parable to the Good Samaritan is that of the Sheep and the Goats, and in this case, their ministering to Jesus through their encounter with the poor, the naked, the hungry, and those in prison mediated the salvation of the Sheep.

Keywords: missiology; interreligious encounter; Pentecostal theologies; Good Samaritan; Pentecostal-pneumatological approach

Chapter.  10688 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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