Azusa-Era Optimism: Bishop J.H. King’s Pentecostal Theology of Religions as a Possible Paradigm for Today

Azusa-Era Optimism: Bishop J.H. King’s Pentecostal Theology of Religions as a Possible Paradigm... Journal of Pentecostal Theology © 2006 SAGE Publications London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi http://JPT.sagepub.com Vol 14(2) 247-260 DOI: 10.1177/0966736906065457 A ZUSA - ERA O PTIMISM : B ISHOP J.H. K ING ’ S P ENTECOSTAL T HEOLOGY OF R ELIGIONS AS A P OSSIBLE P ARADIGM FOR T ODAY * Tony Richie ** 6926 Terry Drive Knoxville, TN, 37924 USA email: BrothrTony@aol.com A BSTRACT Even as we celebrate the centennial of the Azusa Street Revival, the ideol- ogy and reality of religious pluralism currently challenges Pentecostal Christians to articulate an adequate theology of religions. J.H. King was an important Pentecostal pioneer influenced by the Azusa Street Revival. Well educated and widely traveled, Bishop King had considerable first- hand contact with non-Christian religions and addressed theology of reli- gions often and in depth. King’s theology of religions at its core is charac- terized by optimism, that is, by a positive and balanced but non-dogmatic sense of hopefulness. Completely consistent with classical Pentecostal values, King’s thought provides important possibilities for a contemporary Pentecostal theology of religions paradigm. This paper surveys salient fea- tures of King’s theology of religions before offering suggestions about appropriation and application. Special stress is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Pentecostal Theology Brill

Azusa-Era Optimism: Bishop J.H. King’s Pentecostal Theology of Religions as a Possible Paradigm for Today

Journal of Pentecostal Theology, Volume 14 (2): 247 – Jan 1, 2006

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Journal of Pentecostal Theology © 2006 SAGE Publications London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi http://JPT.sagepub.com Vol 14(2) 247-260 DOI: 10.1177/0966736906065457 A ZUSA - ERA O PTIMISM : B ISHOP J.H. K ING ’ S P ENTECOSTAL T HEOLOGY OF R ELIGIONS AS A P OSSIBLE P ARADIGM FOR T ODAY * Tony Richie ** 6926 Terry Drive Knoxville, TN, 37924 USA email: BrothrTony@aol.com A BSTRACT Even as we celebrate the centennial of the Azusa Street Revival, the ideol- ogy and reality of religious pluralism currently challenges Pentecostal Christians to articulate an adequate theology of religions. J.H. King was an important Pentecostal pioneer influenced by the Azusa Street Revival. Well educated and widely traveled, Bishop King had considerable first- hand contact with non-Christian religions and addressed theology of reli- gions often and in depth. King’s theology of religions at its core is charac- terized by optimism, that is, by a positive and balanced but non-dogmatic sense of hopefulness. Completely consistent with classical Pentecostal values, King’s thought provides important possibilities for a contemporary Pentecostal theology of religions paradigm. This paper surveys salient fea- tures of King’s theology of religions before offering suggestions about appropriation and application. Special stress is

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