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Reality, Knowledge, and Life in Community: Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Hermeneutics in the Work of Amos Yong

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Amos Yong engages in philosophical and fundamental theology from a Pentecostal perspective by developing a pneumatological metaphysic, ontology, and epistemology. In so doing, he gives accounts of the God-world relationship (foundational pneumatology), the processes of human knowing (pneumatological imagination), and hermeneutics (communal interpretation). Yong relies on epistemological and hermeneutical conclusions about empirical investigation in order to establish Pentecostalism's diverse instantiations and their potential contributions to a global theology. In addition, in his treatment of systematic loci, Yong allows epistemological conclusions to inform soteriology and ecclesiology by listening to diverse contextual voices. After tracing the connections between the dimensions of Yong's theological method and his treatments of theology of religions, global Pentecostal theology, and theology of disability, the chapter concludes with an evaluation of aspects of his metaphysic, epistemology, and hermeneutic that situates Yong's work in the broader array of Pentecostal scholarship.

Keywords:Amos Yong; epistemology; global Pentecostal theology; hermeneutics; pneumatological metaphysics; theology of disability; theology of religions



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