A. B. Simpson and the Pentecostal Movement

A Study in Continuity, Crisis, and Change

By Charles W. Nienkirchen

A. B. Simpson and the Pentecostal Movement

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  • ISBN: 9781608996186
  • Pages: 178
  • Publication Date: 5/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60
Web Price: $17.60

A. B. Simpson and the Pentecostal Movement

A Study in Continuity, Crisis, and Change

By Charles W. Nienkirchen

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781608996186
  • Pages: 178
  • Publication Date: 5/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Based on impressive research, the author has offered the spiritual heirs of A. B. Simpson, as well as the larger church world, an accurate interpretation of Simpson's spiritual pilgrimage. The information about Simpson's belief in speaking in tongues and the ministries of those who remained or left the Alliance over the issue, provides valuable insights into the close relationship between the organization and emerging Pentecostal movement."
-- Gary B. McGee
Professor of Church History, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

"It is good news indeed that Charles Nienkirchen's A. B. Simpson and the Pentecostal Movement is being republished. This is a very important and well written work which sheds light not only on A. B. Simpson's quest for the tongues-attested baptism in the Holy Spirit but on the milieu surrounding the early spread of Pentecostalism in America and especially in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. This is a historical treasure."
--Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus
Regent University School of Divinity

"Simpson has long deserved an in-depth study. A pivotal turn-of-the-century figure who never found full acceptance in any wing of American evangelicalism, this prolific Canadian nonetheless profoundly influenced popular evangelicalism and Anglo-American Pentecostalism. Nienkirchen makes careful use of long-unused primary sources to illuminate Simpson's relationship to early Pentecostalism. The result is a suggestive work that offers perceptive insights into early Pentecostalism and the context from which it emerged."
-- Edith L. Blumhofer
Project Director
Institute for the Study of American Evangelicalism, Wheaton

"Nienkirchen provides a splendid study of the relationship of A. B. Simpson to Pentecostalism. This book demonstrates wide knowledge of primary materials and great care in documentation (with about one-third of the text devoted to footnote material). Nienkirchen clearly delineates the major elements in Simpson's religious thought and gives attention to the most significant ways in which his thought changed. His major interest in this book focuses on the ways in which Simpson influenced the formation of early Pentecostalism. Pentecostals accept some elements of Simpson's teaching and rejected or modified others, but Nienkirchen argues persuasively the case for Simpson's importance in understanding Pentecostalism; moreover, he clearly illustrates specific ways -- both direct and indirect -- in which that influence was felt in the complex story of early holiness-pentecostal relationships."
-- William Pitts
Professor of Church History
Baylor University

"Charles Nienkirchen has supplied those interested in the history and theology of American Evangelicalism, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, or the Pentecostal movement with an invaluable reference tool and an interpretive lens through which to understand them. This 'must-read' has shown its worth by remaining as relevant, informative and provocative as when it first went to press."
--Bernie A. Van De Walle
Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology
Ambrose University College and Seminary
Calgary, AB

"In A. B. Simpson and the Pentecostal Movement, Charles Nienkirken has combined prodigious research with mastery of historical and theological sources to produce a superb study of Simpson's relationship with early pentecostalism. This is a most important and useful work."
-- Randall Balmer
Barnard College,
Columbia University

Contributors-

Charles W. Nienkirchen

Bio(s)-

Charles W. Nienkirchen, PhD (University of Waterloo) is Professor of Christian History and Spirituality at Ambrose University College in Calgary, Canada and Visiting Professor of Christian Spirituality at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada. He has been a Scholar in Residence at Oxford University in England and Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem as well as Visiting Professor in Residence at Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in Madurai, South India. His teaching, research, publications and ecumenical retreat ministry have focused on the historical, theological, and formational dimensions of spiritual renewal enhanced by an awareness of current, global trends in Christian spirituality. He is also the founder and director of an award winning Down Ancient Paths Travel Study Program which explores both the oldest Christian traditions in the world and the biblical landscapes of the Middle East (www.downancientpaths.com).

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