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The English term "Christian Initiation" refers to a theological field which deals with the acquisition of salvation and the beginning of the Christian life. Concepts such as repentance, regeneration, faith, physical baptism, and baptism in the Holy Spirit belong to this field. In recent times the Pentecostal movement has put the question of baptism in the Holy Spirit and its characteristics on the church's theological agenda. This interdisciplinary postgraduate study raises the question of what comprises "Christian initiation" and the relationship between faith, baptism, and the Spirit. It discusses how these issues are addressed in Scripture, in the early Church, and up to our own time. It presents different views within Pentecostalism and the charismatic movement, and the relations between them and other theological traditions such as Lutheranism and Catholicism. The experiential dimension of the Spirit's work of salvation will also be discussed and put in relation to the theoretical perspectives.
TEOL1450: Pentecostal faith in a historical and contemporary perspective
Pentecostal faith in a historical and contemporary perspective addresses an important stream within Christianity in the 20th century. It is regarded to as the "fourth major branch" of the global church, following the Orthodox, Catholic and Reformation churches. The Pentecostal movement is found worldwide, but it is growing particularly in the non-western world. The course provides an overview of the historical development as well as the current growth of the movement and offers an overall picture of what characterizes the Pentecostal faith as a theological tradition.
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For courses at the bachelor’s level, general admission or documented prior experiential learning are required. For courses at the master’s degree level a bachelor’s degree is generally required (80 credits in Christianity/Theology). In some case students can be admitted based on prior experiential learning. Contact your student advisor if you have any questions.
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