Monat: September 2006

A critical look at Pentecostals

Ben Finger, „Anglican, charismatic“ and ex-Pentecostal (according to his blog site), has five points of criticism toward Pentecostals. Without commenting on the first four, here’s what he has to say in his last point.

Pentecostals in the spirit of the dogmatic Fundamentalist believe they have worked out all their answers in regards to God because they tend to find it blasphemous to question any of their doctrines, particularly in their articles of faith. Be very careful if you question their Pre-Tribulation view. Be very careful if you question the Penal view of the atonement. Be very careful if you question or reinterpret any of the unique Pentecostal views. Be very careful indeed. What am I saying? What I am saying is that Pentecostals tend to shoot their intellectuals and this is not cool.

Now, if that would be entirely true, then for me and many others, there would be no point in remaining Pentecostals. Fortunately, this is not the case any more. While some retain a marked anti-intellectual stance, I find Pentecostalism opening to theological reflection. Of course, this is just the beginning. But with more and more Pentecostals getting higher academic degrees and actively engaging in theology, we might see quite some things changing here. At least I hope …

The pope on faith and reason

Interesting thoughts on the relationship of faith and reason, as well as the rationality of God, by none other than Benedict XVI. In his speech at Regensburg University on September 12, 2006, the pope lectured on the God, reason, and jihad in the 7th dialog of Byzantine emperor Manuel II. Paleologos (dated 1391).
With the emperor and against medieval nominalism (Duns Scotus, et. al.) as well as modernist attempts at dehellenization, Benedict maintained that God is bound to reason ("Vernunft") and always acts "????????" (i.e. in accordance with the logos, which is both "word" and "reason").
The full text of the pope’s speech (in German) is here.
On a side note: Of course, immediately after, Benedict was criticized by Muslim’s around the world for quoting passages of the dialog that are supposedly condemning Islam and it’s concept of jihad. If only they had listened to what he said in its context.

Über Christoph

Christoph Fischer (* 1978) ist Pfarrer der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Württemberg auf der Pfarrstelle „Erlöserkirche“ in Albstadt-Tailfingen.

Christoph ist verheiratet mit Rebecca. Gemeinsam haben sie drei Töchter.