© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/157007409X418130 Pneuma 31 (2009) 35-46 brill.nl/pneu Whither Pentecostal Th eology? Why a Catholic is Interested Ralph Del Colle Th eology Department, Marquette University, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, USA firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Th e essay explores the future direction of Pentecostal theology by posing a dialogue question that emerges in the conversation between Catholics and Pentecostals. Th is concerns the “supernatu- ral” character of grace as understood and experienced in both traditions. How is this character preserved as it engages all dimensions of our humanity? Two aspects of this aﬃ rmation are explored. First, grace perfects all aspects of human nature including human agency, thus our common emphasis on transformation and Christian perfection. Second, the Church’s mission ad extra embraces its witness in the secular realm in the arenas of culture, justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. Th e challenge to both traditions is how to preserve the supernatural gratuity of grace as the church enacts this mission in the transit from church to world. Keywords nature, grace, supernatural, transformation, mission, Catholic-Pentecostal dialogue, social gospel Let me clarify the title and intent of this essay. Whither Pentecostal theology is a
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Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: MISSION; GRACE; CATHOLIC-PENTECOSTAL DIALOGUE; SUPERNATURAL; SOCIAL GOSPEL; TRANSFORMATION; NATURE
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