Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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The appeal to experience of God as a resource for theology became ubiquitous in Christian theology in the twentieth century, in forms varying from a broadly shared transcendent experience of God in human life or in particular social groups, to specific, individual mystical encounters. Pentecostals affirm an openness and an appeal to the experience of God, but the nature of this appeal is understood within a Pentecostal worldview and spirituality, distinguishing this perspective from other Christian traditions and theological approaches. In contrast to Christian t…

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Neumann, Peter D., “Experience”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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