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Author Nel, Marius, author

Title Pacifism and Pentecostals in South Africa : a new hermeneutic for nonviolence / Marius Nel
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (x, 227 pages)
Series Routledge new critical thinking in religion, theology, and biblical studies
Routledge new critical thinking in religion, theology, and biblical studies
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Foreword; By way of introduction: motivation for study; 1 Church and war: a change in hermeneutical stance among Pentecostals; 2 The Bible and violence, and Christians; 3 Ideology as violence: apartheid as a case study; 4 A distinctive Pentecostal hermeneutic?; 5 The theory and theology of just war: a Pentecostal reflection; 6 Synthesis; Bibliography; Index
Summary Most of the early twentieth-century Pentecostal denominations were peace churches that encouraged a stance of conscientious objection. However, since the Second World War Pentecostals have largely abandoned their pacifist viewpoint as they have taken on a more literal Biblical hermeneutic from their interaction with Evangelical denominations. This book traces the history of nonviolence in Pentecostalism and suggests that a new hermeneutic of the Bible is needed by today’s Pentecostals in order for them to rediscover their pacifist roots and effect positive social change
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Nonviolence -- Religious aspects -- Pentecostal churches
Pacifism -- Religious aspects -- Pentecostal churches
Pentecostal churches -- Doctrines
Pentecostal churches -- South Africa
Pentecostalism -- South Africa
Pentecostal churches -- Doctrines.
Pentecostal churches.
RELIGION / Christian Life / Social Issues
RELIGION / Christianity / General
South Africa.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 042950411X (electronic bk.)
9780429504112 (electronic bk.)