PCTII Newsletter #17
conference on the future of Christianity in the western world, held on the
campus of the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, has exploded the twin
myths that secularism will continue to rise and inevitably will result in the
death of Christianity. The Conference was hosted by the University’s School of
Liberal Arts, whose Dean, Professor Gerald Pillay, described it as one of the
most important conferences on Christianity held at the University for many
years. More than 160 delegates, including leading international sociologists
David Martin of the London School of Economics, and Robert Wuthnow of Princeton
University, and other presenters from England, the United States, Australia, and
New Zealand, discussed the impact of secularisation on Christianity in the West,
and concluded that - as Harvey Cox has put it - "today it is secularity, not
Christianity, that may be headed for extinction".
The Charismatic Themes
in Luke-Acts and Related Issues Study Group of the Evangelical Theological
Society, will meet in Toronto at the national meeting of the society in the
Regency Hotel on November 21 and 22, 2002. The agenda is as follows: NOV. 21,
"Paul's Troubling Question to Disciple-Believers at Acts 19:2a in Light of an
Examination of the Literary Style of Composition of Questions in Luke-Acts,"
Paul Elbert, Church of God Theological Seminary. NOV. 22, "Pentecostal
Hermeneutics and A Critique of the Evangelical Historical-Critical Method"
Kenneth Archer, Church of God Theological Seminary. "What Does It Mean Today To
Be Spirit-Filled?," Charles Holman, Regent University. Response to "What Does It
Mean?" by Gregg Allison, Western Seminary "Cessationism: Did the Epicureans and
Warfield Get It Right?," Gene Green, Wheaton College "Proclamation in Acts Today
in the Apostolic Tradition," Trevor Grizzle, Oral Roberts University.
Presybterians: A Conversation on Word and Spirit, Church and World, November
15, 2002. Dr. Anna Case-Winters, professor of systematic theology at
McCormick, will present a Reformed perspective and Dr. Samuel Solivan, professor
of Theology at the InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico, will present a
Pentecostal perspective on Word and Spirit, Church and World.
A conference devoted to the theme “The Holy
Spirit and Ecumenism,” sponsored by The Cardinal Suenens Center of John Carroll
University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, was held at the Ecumenical Monastery of Bose,
Italy, 14-20 October, 2002. Twenty visiting scholars from Europe, North America,
and South Africa represented a cross section of Christian communities –
Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist, Mennonite,
Pentecostal and Quaker – and affirmed their unity in the Holy Spirit as a first
step before the more difficult issues that divide the churches (e.g., doctrine
and church order) could be broached.
The Japan Society for Pentecostal Studies will host its second symposium October 28-29 at the Kobe Lutheran Bible School.
The fourth annual conference of the Asian Pentecostal Society was held in Bangalore, India, on August 19 and 20th. The theme of the conference was “Pentecostal Spirituality in Asian Contexts.” Dr. John Thanickal, former member of the Pentecostal World Conference Advisory Board, and President of New Life Bible College, Bangalore, inaugurated the conference. Dr. Ivan Satyvrata, President, Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore, gave the inaugural address. The following papers were presented at the conference.
Here is a press release for the first session of the second round (2001) of international dialogue between the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and some Pentecostals.
The Future of Christianity in
the West: An International Conference. Call for Papers
University of Otago,
5-8 December 2002
Paper proposals: We invite scholars who would like to present 30 minute papers to this conference to submit abstracts of no more than 200 words, with a brief cv, to the conference secretary, Nicola Richmond (School of Liberal Arts, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand). The organizers would appreciate expressions of interest, and paper proposals, as soon as possible. Proposals will be reviewed when they are received. Closing date for offers of papers is 1 May 2002.
A congress on "One Hundred Years of Psychology and Religion" will be held May 26-28, 2003 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 1902, William James published his paper "Varieties of Religious Experience" that initiated the research area of psychology and religion. Papers for parallel sessions are welcome on (1) General theoretical, historical and methodological issues; (2) William James and his contemporaries; (3) Emotion and Cognition; (4) Education and Development; (5) Social and cultural issues; (6) Pastoral Care. To respond to the call for papers, please send a 200 word summary of your presentation to Dr. Peter H.M.P. Roelofsma from the Dept. of Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit.
Dr. Cornelis van der
Laan announces the recent founding of The Hollenweger Center for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements by
faculty members of the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam) and of Azusa theologische
hogeschool. As one of the activities of the Center, an electronic journal will
soon be published under the name of PentecoStudies: Online Journal for the
Scientific Study of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement. This journal
will consist of two sections: one dealing with topics in the field of the social
sciences and the other with topics of a theological nature. Each article will be
submitted to blind peer review and will be published as soon as it has been
approved. The journal is not published in issues but in annual volumes, archived
on the website. Once accepted, an article is added to the website. The journal
will also contain a book review section.
Geir Lie has launched Refleks - med karismatisk kristendom i fokus. The first issue due out in February will feature articles from the November 2001 Karismatisk Forum seminar, held in conjunction with the Lutheran School of Theology in Oslo. Coming historical and theological articles will include contributions in the English language.
Dr. Harold D. Hunter has been designated webmaster for PCCNA. The site, still under construction, can be located by simply entering www.pccna.org. Scholars will be interested in papers presented to the conferences, especially those delivered in 1994. Go here for a press release.
Please note the visit to Rome in 2000 of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops. Another account of the visit is given here. For more information about this group, look at the United Pentecostal Churches of Christ and the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops.
The report from the August, 2001 meeting of the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group has been released.
Nov 11, 2001: PCTII completed the move from a Unix server to an NT server. If you encounter problems with logging on in coming days, please use the new ip address: http://126.96.36.199 rather than simply www.pctii.org The move resulted in a few changes like a new user id for the database. Reports of technical problems resulting from this move or the new id for those enrolled in the database should be sent to Dr. Harold D. Hunter.
Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio, Philippines, is starting the second
co-hort of its Masters of Theology in Pentecostal
Studies from July 2002. The program requires the course work designed in four
6-week modules for two years, and a thesis. This allows the students to continue
their respective ministry while traveling to Baguio
twice a year. This is a appropriate preparation for
the University of Wales Ph.D. program that APTS is now offering in the
Philippines. For more information, check
Up Pentecostal: A Collection of Memories from the Fire Baptized."
Location: Texas, United States. Call for Papers
Deadline: 2002-05-01. Scholars have examined Pentecostalism from various ideological perspectives, and
adherents have offered testimonies of their experiences in traditional religious
settings. Yet absent from that metanarrative are the personal accounts of
practicing and non-practicing Pentecostal students and scholars whose formative
years were shaped by Pentecostal liturgy and ritual. This call for papers
represents an attempt to fill that void.
Writers are encouraged to submit autobiographical essays of 500 to 800 words
examining the following topics and others: early childhood years;
adolescence, and adulthood; work
and play; pants, fingernail polish, and lipstick;
faith meets philosophy; saints and "ain'ts";
speaking in tongues; getting saved;
healing; dreams, visions, and prophecies;
race, class, gender and generational issues. Contact information:
Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev,
Department of History, Texas Southern
University, 3100 Cleburne,
Houston, TX 77004
Members of the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group gathered August 27 - Sept 1 for their second meeting at the Seminario Sudamericano, a seminary of the Church of God (Cleveland, TN), outside Quito, Ecuador. The theme chosen for the week was Perceptions of One Another. A full report, which will eventually be made available here, outlines the straightforward exchanges.
The International Charismatic Consultation on World Evangelism (ICCOWE) is now online. ICCOWE sponsored Brighton '91 as well as regional conferences in Malaysia and Prague and elsewhere.
To celebrate the centennial of the Pentecostal movement, the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies has published rare historical studies of the movement in various Asian countries, including India (2 articles), Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Some studies are the very first such published works. The full text can be accessed online (vol. 4, nos. 1-2). The subscription rates are modest: $10.00 (Asia) and $15.00 (other areas including Australia and New Zealand) per year with two issues. If interested in receiving a sample copy (although we cannot promise any issue of vol. 4), please contact the editor, Dr. Wonsuk Ma.
Starting in 2003, Paternoster Press will launch the "Studies in Charismatic and Pentecostal Series" with a goal of publishing three volumes a year. There are two levels of writing anticipated. The one will look at doctoral dissertations, masters' theses, research projects as revised to ensure accessibility, relevance, and clarity of expression for the intended readership. The other will intended for leaders, pastors, theological students and educated laypersons. It is projected that for every one publication of the former, two of the latter group will be printed. The editorial board comprises Profs. Max Turner and Andrew Walker and Drs. Keith Warrington, Neil Hudson and Mark Cartledge. Interested contributors are encouraged to contact Dr. Warrington.