- 51- THE FUNCTION OF "MODELS" IN THE INTERPRETATION OF PENTECOSTAL THOUGHT By D. William Faupel Introduction When a student of medicine seeks to learn about the human anatomy, he studies not only the individual organs of the body, but also the way those organs are fit together to function as an organic whole. When the linguist begins to learn a new language, she studies the individual components such as phonemes, morphemes, etc., but she also seeks to discover the overarching structure into which these components are built. So too, I believe, that the budding historian in seeking to understand and interpret a movement, should try not only to discover the structural units of the movement but should also attempt to grasp the framework into which those units are built. One way to discover such structure is by analogy through model construction. For example, in the field of physics, the model of an atom was constructed from an analogy to the solar system. From this analogy certain theories about the nature of the universe could be devised and tested. D. William Faupel is a doctoral candidate at the University of Birmingham, England. He serves as librarian at Asbury.Theological
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1980
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