3 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS The Adolescence of Pentecostalism: In Search of a Legitimate Sectarian Identity Cheryl Bridges Johns Most of us have heard of the late president of Princeton Theological Seminary, John McKay's prophetic statement, "America's future will abide in a reformed Catholicism and a mature Pentecostalism."' I believe that the statement may be broadened to include the future of the world. The reforming of Catholicism is beyond the scope of this address; however, with only a cursory observation, one can see signs of reform. Since Vatican II there has arisen the Rite of Adult Initiation, Base Ecclesial Communities in Latin America, the New Evangelization and the influence of the Catholic Charismatic movement. My focus in this address is on the maturing of Pentecostalism. What are the signs/markers emerging within the movement which would indicate its maturing?' Perhaps we should even consider whether or not Pentecostalism is actually maturing as a movement or if, particularly in North America, the movement is experiencing pre-mature aging and early death? While my address shall attempt to address Pentecostalism as a world-wide movement, I must admit my own hermeneutical bias as a fourth-generation North American Pentecostal whose concerns are that of a professor
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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