Against a Postmodern Pentecostal Epistemology

Philosophia Christi 15 (2):383-399 (2013)

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Richard Brian Davis
Tyndale University College
W. Paul Franks
Tyndale University College
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In this paper we explore the idea that Pentecostalism is best supported by conjoining it to a postmodern, narrative epistemology in which everything is a text requiring interpretation. On this view, truth doesn’t consist in a set of uninterpreted facts that make the claims of Christianity true; rather, as James K. A. Smith says, truth emerges when there is a “fit” or proportionality between the Christian story and one’s affective and emotional life. We argue that Pentecostals should reject this account of truth, since it leads to either a self-refuting story-relativism or the equally problematic fallacy of story-ism: favoring one’s own story over others without legitimate reason. In either case, we contend, the gospel itself is placed at risk.
Keywords pentecostalism  postmodernism  epistemology
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DOI 10.5840/pc201315234
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