The main thesis of 'Spirit-Word-Community' is that Christian theological reflection in a postmodern world starts with the experience of the Holy Spirit, but is at the same time post-foundationalist in terms of being formed by the word and being adjudicated by various communities of interpretation. Yet the book's hermeneutical and methodological proposals are not merely prolegomena to theology but already involve and assume theologically substantive claims derived from a pneumatological point of view. Hence, this is a pneumatological theology which illuminates the hermeneutical process precisely by showing how the Holy Spirit engages the human imagination to empower liberative practices in a world that remains graced by her presence and activity. 'Spirit-Word-Community' is meant in each of these senses to be a contribution to the formulation of a comprehensive theology of the Third Article for the twenty-first century.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Amos Yong is a leading constructive Pentecostal theologian. In this challenging and creative work, he brings together a number of theological, hermeneutical, and philosophical perspectives to bear on a Trinitarian vision of Christian community. Both seasoned scholars and students will greatly benefit from this landmark book which expands the domain of a typical hermeneutical discussion."
-- Veli-Matti Kaerkkaeinen, Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
Amos Yong is Associate Research Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is the author and editor of six other books, including 'The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology' (2005). 'Spirit-Word-Community' was voted the 2005 Book of the Year by the Society for Pentecostal Studies Book Committee.