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Narrative Theology and Pentecostal Commitments

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A number of Pentecostal scholars have proposed that narrative theology represents an appropriate reading strategy for Pentecostals. This article introduces three lines of critique against such a proposal: (1) the understanding of truth that underlies the apostolic kerygma is incompatible with that which underlies narrative theology, (2) the notion that personal identity is narratival has been built upon the ghostless anthropology of Gilbert Ryle, a scheme that conflicts with both NT soteriology and Paul's discussion of how spiritual gifts work through the believer, and (3) early forms of narrative theology translated the Gospels' healing narratives into illustrations of a spiritualized understanding of the gospel.


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