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TEOL5649: Global Pentecostalism in a Multi-Religious Society

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Emneansvarlig:Terje Hegertun (
Studieprogramtilhørighet:2-årige masterprogrammer - Master i teologi
2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues
Profesjonsstudier - Profesjonsstudium teologi
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for teologi og kirkelig utdanning

Generell informasjon

TEOL5649 provides insight into how Global Pentecostalism has a role to play in the debate on how to deal with the challenges and possibilities coming out of the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious character of the modern society. As a typical grassroot phenomenon, the worldwide Pentecostal movement is of great academic interest, because of the apparently inclusive values and mixed identities and profiles that seem to be integrated in so many of these churches. However, the segregation history of Pentecostalism in the US needs to be addressed as well.
In an interdisciplinary manner, and through lectures, panel discussions and church studies, the course seeks to identify and discuss some of the theological, social, cultural and historical aspects and resources that characterize worldwide Pentecostalism. The course will give those involved a better competence in understanding Pentecostalism and how this movement, with its particular beliefs, practices and theology, can function as a bridge builder between Western society and the growing influence and presence of various religious, cultural and ethnic groups. Through these perspectives, the students may address and contribute in the ongoing debate regarding multiculturalism, inter-ethnic reconciliation, and peace building among religions.
The course is a collaboration project between Fuller Theological Seminary, US, and MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society. It is supported by SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education). Travel costs and lodging are funded by MF.
Course format
The main activities include two academic course weeks (one in Los Angeles, from 3 - 9 of April, and one in Oslo, from 2 - 8 of May). The course will implement field studies and dialogue in concrete church environments. It also includes careful reading of assigned texts, directed learning, seminar presentations and discussions, relevant excursions and guest lectures, and a final paper. For program details, see the syllabus (in progress).


In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • take part in two weeks of residential meetings and activities, at Fuller in April 2019 and in Oslo in May 2019 (for details, see the syllabus)
  • Produce a paper for the seminar presentation and the subsequent discussion
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
  • When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Avsluttende vurdering

TEOL5649 has an academic essay (2800-4000 words) as the form of final assessment. The course is assessed with grades A-F.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The student has:
  • good knowledge of Pentecostal practice, mission and theology
  • insight into the correlation between Pentecostal theories and multi-cultural practices in cultural contexts as they come to fore in the field-studies of churches in Los Angeles and Oslo
  • knowledge about how multi-ethnic issues represent challenges for selected parts of global Pentecostalism
The student can:
  • discuss how multi-religious elements may play a role and function as an integrated part of the Pentecostal understanding of the facilitating of context-based dialogue, beliefs and practices
  • analyze and evaluate constructively and critically issues related to the Pentecostal movement¿s approach to multi-religious societies and multi-ethnic dilemmas in selected parts of the world


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  • Anderson, A. (2007). Spreading fires: The missionary nature of early Pentecostalism (s. 3-70, 211-295). Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books. Bibliotek
  • Clarke, C. R. (2014). Pentecostal theology in Africa. Eugene, Or: Pickwick. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Miller, D. E. & Yamamori, T. (2007). Global Pentecostalism: The new face of Christian social engagement. Berkeley: University of California Press. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Synan, V. & Yong, A. (Red.) (2017). Global renewal christianity: Spirit empowered movements. volume four, Europe and North America (s. 179-227). Lake Mary, Flo.: Charisma House. Bibliotek
  • Wariboko, N. (2012). The Pentecostal principle: Ethical methodology in new spirit (s. 1-70). Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans. Bibliotek
  • Yong, A. & Clarke, C. (Red.) (2011). Global renewal, religious pluralism, and the Great Commission: Towards a renewal theology of mission and interreligious encounter. Lexington, Ky.: Emeth Press. Bibliotek

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