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Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy
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Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy


Eerdmans 2010

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The past several decades have seen a renaissance in Christian philosophy, led by the work of Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, William Alston, Eleonore Stump, and others. In the spirit of Plantinga’s famous manifesto, “Advice to Christian Philosophers,” James K.A. Smith here offers not only advice to Pentecostal philosophers but also some Pentecostal advice to Christian philosophers.

In this inaugural Pentecostal Manifestos volume Smith begins from the conviction that implicit in Pentecostal and charismatic spirituality is a tacit worldview or “social imaginary.” Thinking in Tongues unpacks and articulates the key elements of this Pentecostal worldview and then explores their implications for philosophical reflection on ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, language, science, and philosophy of religion. In each case, Smith demonstrates how the implicit wisdom of Pentecostal spirituality makes unique contributions to current conversations in Christian philosophy.

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Key Features

  • Offers advice to Christian philosophers
  • Explores how the Pentecostal worldview influences a diverse group of studies
  • Connects Pentecostal spirituality to current Christian philosophy


  • Thinking in Tongues: Advice to Pentecostal Philosophers
  • God’s Surprise: Elements of a Pentecostal Worldview
  • Storied Experience: A Pentecostal Epistemology
  • Shattering Paradigms, Opening the World: Science, Spirit, and a Pentecostal Ontology
  • From Beliefs to Altar Calls: A Pentecostal Critique of Philosophy of Religion
  • At the Limits of Speech: A Pentecostal Contribution to Philosophy of Language

Praise for the Print Edition

Thinking in Tongues provides both philosophical thinking about Pentecostalism and philosophical thought from a Pentecostal perspective. In both cases the thinking is vintage Jamie Smith: clear, original, and provocative. Non-Pentecostals can be grateful for this analysis of the philosophical importance of this increasingly important strand of Christian thought.

C. Stephen Evans, professor, Baylor University

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About James K.A. Smith

James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He is also the author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, and Desiring the Kingdom.

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