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Stephenson Has Theology Book Published

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Alumni Hero
A book by Dr. Christopher A. Stephenson, assistant professor of Systematic Theology at Lee University, was recently published by Oxford University Press.

Stephenson’s book, titled, “Types of Pentecostal Theology: Method, System, Spirit,” provides critical insight into such fundamental issues as the relationship between theology and philosophy, the dynamic between scripture and tradition, and the similarities and differences between recent Pentecostal theology and other currents in contemporary theology.

“Types of Pentecostal Theology” covers four categories of theological method from a Pentecostal view. The categories include arrangement of biblical texts, the relationship between theology and Christian spirituality, doctrine concerning the kingdom of God, and pneumatology as a basis for philosophical and fundamental theology.

“Scholars and thoughtful lay people must now find their way through an ever increasing flood of often creative and insightful systematic theological writing by a wide variety of Pentecostal thinkers,” said Harvey Cox, author of “The Future of Faith” and Harvard professor of divinity. “Stephenson’s carefully researched, fair-minded, and highly readable book now provides an indispensable road map through this inviting but sometimes daunting landscape.”

Stephenson began teaching at Lee in 2008 and joined the faculty full-time in 2012. He earned his PhD in theology and ethics from Marquette University and his MA and BA from Lee University.

Stephenson has also published articles in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Pentecostal Theology, Istina, and Religion Compass. He frequently presents papers at the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. His areas of specialization include theological method, pneumatology, christology, and Pentecostal theology.

An ordained bishop in the Church of God, Stephenson is an active member of the East Cleveland congregation, where he regularly teaches and preaches.

He and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter named Abigail.

Copies of “Types of Pentecostal Theology: Method, System, Spirit” can be obtained here.