chapter  41
11 Pages

Theology of Religions

Divine hospitality and spiritual discernment
WithVeli-Matti Kärkkäinen

The purpose of this chapter is to reflect on the state, promise, and challenges of a distinctively Pentecostal theology of religions particularly in light of the deep and wide influence of religious plurality and forms of religious pluralisms today. It seeks to discern the Holy Spirit’s work among religions and the need for a spiritual discernment. After affirming the importance of engaging religions for a movement known for aggressive evangelism of people of other faiths, the chapter takes stock of the contributions and insights won from ecumenical exchanges with older Christian traditions concerning the theology of religions. The last part, constructive in nature, suggests principles and guidelines for Pentecostals in their hospitable and discerning engagement of other religions.