• James R. Melnarik
Part of the Radical Theologies and Philosophies book series (RADT)


Pentecostalism remains largely unnoticed by mainline and traditional evangelical American Protestant movements. Conversely, radical theology met harsh criticism from mainstream American Christianity, and then languished from its initial popular and subsequent ecclesiastical pushback, and is now relegated primarily to academia. These two theological traditions seemingly share only opposition from the established Church. At one time in the past, Pentecostal leaders offered some criticism toward death of God theology, a criticism forgotten by Pentecostals and never really engaging the radical theologians. This short chapter asks the question: could the fiery theology of Pentecostalism possibly be in dialogue with the radical claim that God is dead?

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  • James R. Melnarik
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  1. 1.IndependentLos AngelesUSA

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