163 Beyond the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy: Pentecostals and Hermeneutics in a Postmodern Age Timothy B. Cargal* "To my friends and teachers in the Pentecostal Movement who taught me to love the Bible and to yy teachers and friends in the Presbvterian Church who taught me to understand it. " - Walter J. Hollettweger, dedication to The Pemecostals In her recent sociological study of the Assemblies of God, Margaret Poloma argued that one factor in the phenomenal growth of this Pentecostal denomination over the past two decades has been its ability to offer an "anthropological protest against modernity" by "providing a medium for encountering the supernatural ... [and] fus[ing] the natural and supernatural, the emotional and rational, the charismatic and institutional in a decidedly postmodern way."' She characterized this "Pentecostal worldview [by] its belief in and experience of the paranormal as an alternate weltanschauung for our instrumental rational modern society."2 Yet while these churches may have benefited in this way from the emerging postmodern paradigm within the broader culture of North America, Pentecostal biblical interpreters in the United States have become increasingly entangled in debates originating in the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy of the early twentieth century. Pentecostals within the academy have
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Published: Jan 1, 1993
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