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May 11, 2006


Chris Petersen

You have nailed it on the head, Shane. One of the reasons that Jesus' resurrection from the dead is so important for Christianity is that it points to God's desire to redeem creation. If God cares enough to redeem our bodies then his redemptive purpose extends to all of his creation. Another great post, Shane. I look forward to more.

Frank Emanuel

It made me think about redemption too. I think that it is pretty common for the average church goer to recognize that sin has ravaged their own lives and that part of the redeptive work of salvation is to bring us to wholeness in Christ. If we can recognize this then it isn't a big leap to see that sin has also had implications on the world, in this case the ecology. And that we are called not only to see that redemption in our own lives (which often requires hard work on our part such as forgiving our enemies, etc.) but in the world around us - including the environment. I actually think that is a much more healthy soteriology than some of the more popular understandings in contemporary evangelicalism.


Shane, your insight here is, I think, once again quite brilliant.
Maybe we will talk of these things in future posts, but the question in my mind is to do with the critical self-reflection of pentecostals to come to these sort of conclusions.
There is no doubt that pentecostals have tended to move away from their traditional premillenial roots, and in this process to become more concerned about social issues, and, hopefully on to environmental concern.
This refocus, however, seems to have sort of just 'come about,' I think without too much critical self-reflection as to for what reason.
Can we capitalise on this tendency within pentecostalism and infuse it with some serious self-reflection, or are we on a precarious edge where the praxis-driven outlook of the movement could switch the focus just as easily?
My question may be a little simplistic, but does anyone have any thoughts along these lines?

Shane Clifton

Josh - pentecostals are pragmatic in orientation - but we are not thoughtless. I think that sometimes our thinking just follows our acting (or, more positively, our theological reflection follows are action in the power of the Spirit). I hope that discussions such as this one actually facilitate the sort of critical thinking that you are seeking.

Frank - thanks for your comments. The challenge is to work out the practical implications of the change in thinking that is hopefully occuring!

Chris - you are doing my ego good! Sometimes theologians need the encouragement.

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