Pentecostals, Peacemaking, and Social Justice

Pentecostals, Peacemaking, and Social Justice
Series Editors: Jay Beaman and Martin Mittelstadt


Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians comprise approximately twenty-five percent of global Christianity (more than 600 million of 2.4 billion). This remarkable development has occurred within just the last century and has been called the "pentecostalization" of Christianity. Pentecostals and Charismatics experience Christianity and the world in distinctive ways, and this series invites discovery and development of Pentecostal-Charismatic approaches to peacemaking and social justice.

The majority of early twentieth-century Pentecostal denominations were peace churches that encouraged conscientious objection. Denominations such as the Church of God in Christ and the Assemblies of God said "no" to Christian combatant participation in war, and some Pentecostals and Charismatics are exploring this history and working for a recovery and expansion of this witness. The peacemaking aspect of the series focuses on pacifism, war, just war tradition, just peacemaking, peacebuilding, conflict transformation, nonviolence, forgiveness, and other peacemaking-related themes and issues within Pentecostal-Charismatic traditions and from Pentecostal-Charismatic perspectives. We launched the series with a twentieth-anniversary reprint of Jay Beaman's Pentecostal Pacifism--an appropriate look back to the generative years of the Pentecostal movement when many denominations believed that nonviolence was a hallmark of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Some early Pentecostals also confronted the injustices of racism, sexism, and economic disparity. Others perpetuated the problems. Yet the Holy Spirit leads us now, as then, to confront injustice prophetically and work to redeem and restore. Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians around the world are working for justice in a myriad of ways. This aspect of the series focuses on gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, economics, class, globalization, trade, poverty, health, consumerism, development, and other social justice related themes and issues within the Pentecostal-Charismatic tradition and from Pentecostal-Charismatic perspectives. Some authors may wish to be more directly theological. Could something be learned by exploring eschatology and social justice, prophecy and social justice, pneumatology and social justice, faith and culture, the relationship of faith and politics, church and society, or even hermeneutics from below. We understand that peace and justice are not separate concerns, but different ways of talking about and seeking shalom--God's salvation, justice, and peace.

We welcome contributions from theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, ethicists, historians, social-scientists, pastors, activists, and practitioners of peacemaking and social justice. We encourage both original work and publication of important historical resources. We especially invite both scholarly and praxis-oriented contributions from global south Pentecostals and Charismatics, for this series seeks to explore the ways that Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians can develop, strengthen, and sustain a peace-with-justice witness in the twenty-first century around the world.
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  1. A Liberating Spirit

    Michael Wilkinson, Steven M. Studebaker

    Pickwick / SEP 2010

    The historical ambivalence among Pentecostals about their relationship to culture and society needs evaluation. How do we understand Pentecostal engagement with society, and how are Pentecostals in... read more »
  2. Blood Cries Out

    A. J. Swoboda

    Pickwick / NOV 2014

    John McConnell Jr. was the famed founder and visionary of Earth Day. McConnell's vision was one of creating a day of remembrance, solitude, and action to restore the broken human relationship to... read more »
  3. Christ at the Checkpoint

    April Alexander

    Pickwick / FEB 2012

    What does the evangelical church in Palestine think about the land, the end times, the Holocaust, peace in the Middle East, loving enemies, Christian Zionism, the State of Israel, and the... read more »
  4. Early Pentecostals on Nonviolence and Social Justice

    Brian K. Pipkin, Jay Beaman

    Pickwick / NOV 2016

    This book documents some of the pacifist and social justice convictions of early Pentecostals, many of whom were called traitors, slackers, cranks, and weak-minded people for extending Jesus' love... read more »
  5. Ethics in the Age of the Spirit

    Howard N. Kenyon

    Pickwick / OCT 2019

    What causes us as a people of faith to think and act the way we think and act? Are we motivated by whatever is most practical, by a particular understanding of Scripture, by the influence of the... read more »
  6. Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration

    Martin William Mittelstadt, Geoffrey W. Sutton

    Pickwick / AUG 2010

    Although history is replete with tales of revenge, Christian forgiveness provides an alternate response. In this volume, Pentecostal scholars from various disciplines offer their vision for... read more »
  7. Life in the Spirit

    Andrea D. Snavely

    Pickwick / MAY 2015

    What would the church look like if Christians saw their lives as constituted by the Spirit's presence to live as Jesus lived? In a time when being "led by the Spirit" is defined more by achieving... read more »
  8. Mennocostals

    Martin William Mittelstadt, Brian K. Pipkin

    Pickwick / FEB 2020

    Pentecostal and Mennonite contributors to this volume have been enriched by mutual hospitality. Through friendships across their respective traditions, they have shared and received the benefits of... read more »
  9. Pentecostal and Holiness Statements on War and Peace

    Jay Beaman, Brian K. Pipkin

    Pickwick / AUG 2013

    Many Pentecostal groups have forgotten their legacy of war resistance and doctrinal history opposing killing. To rectify this loss, we have catalogued Holiness and Pentecostal denominational... read more »
  10. Pentecostal Pacifism

    Jay Beaman

    Wipf and Stock / NOV 2009

    At a time when the Evangelical wing of the church is beginning to show some signs of soul searching over the issues of war and peace, the Pentecostals would do well to study their own... read more »

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