In the Days of Caesar is a constructive political theology formulated in sustained dialogue with Pentecostalism—one of the most vibrant religious movements at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Amos Yong here argues that the many tongues, practices, and gifts of Pentecostal Christianity can offer new resources to the larger Christian community as it seeks to engage and transform social, political, and economic structures around the world. Yong seeks to correct stereotypes of Pentecostalism, both political and theological, and to encourage Pentecostals to craft a distinct political theology from their own Pentecostalism rather than merely to adopt an external framework for theological or political self-understanding.
Moreover, Yong shows how a distinctively Pentecostal form of theological reflection has the potential to illuminate and enhance broader Christian belief and practice. This book’s engagement with political theology from a pentecostal perspective is the first of its kind. Yong hopes here to serve as an interpreter of the many tongues of Pentecostalism and the many other tongues of political theology, to help foster a mutually beneficial discourse and open up uncharted trajectories in both fields.
Looking at theology through the lens of a postmodern culture, this volume is an essential and highly significant work. All Scripture passages are linked to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference.
“Theological method has been a modern academic preoccupation concerned with the question of the sources and authorities of, and procedures involved in, theological reflection.” (Page 88)
“‘Rather than merely enabling people to buy commodities, Christianity itself was produced through consumption” (Page 20)
“Socio-economic and political marginalization thus translates into political non-involvement.” (Page 7)
“Hence Christian conversion involves a complete repudiation of one’s cultural past” (Page 124)
“In order to highlight how difficult it is to locate pentecostalism in the existing theological landscape, I will simplify matters by distinguishing three major methodological responses developed in the modern period to the foundationalist question: the Reformation and post-Reformation sola scriptura, the liberal Protestant turn to experience, and the Orthodox and Catholic approach that sees Scripture as the book of the church and therefore in continuity with the church’s teachings and traditions.” (Page 88)