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Five Defining Issues: The International Classical Pentecostal/Roman Catholic Dialogue

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In the previous article on the international Classical Pentecostal/Roman Catholic dialogue I looked at a range of issues affecting the conversations, reserving to this article a more focused look at five theological areas. The range of topics over the first three quinquennia is extensive and merits attention. The fourth is not complete and is at issue here only in an incidental way.1 In a preliminary way the two sides agree of the basic content of the Christian faith: trinity,2 the divinity of Christ, virgin birth, centrality of the death and resurrection of Jesus, Pentecost as constitutive of the church, forgiveness of sins, promise of eternal life. We may look at these areas differently, but there is a measure of agreement on them. Beyond these theological areas of basic Christian faith, a number of issues emerged in the first three quinquennia which define the dialogue and give it an unmistakable profile. In this essay, I treat five of these defining issues: the hermeneutical moment, infant and believers' baptism, baptism in the Holy Spirit, the church as koinonia, and Mary.


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