publication . Article . 2013

Historical Epistemology and Pentecostal Origins: History and Historiography in Ethiopian Pentecostalism

Jörg Haustein;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: Brill
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
<jats:sec> <jats:title><jats:bold>Abstract</jats:bold></jats:title> <jats:p>This article revisits the issue of historiography in Pentecostal studies, seeking to connect this debate to recent theories of history coming from postcolonial and poststructuralist thought. I argue that the historian of Pentecostalism should seek not only to reconstruct past events, but, more than that, to offer a historical analysis of Pentecostal historiography. By drawing on four related theoretical insights into history and applying them to a concrete example from Ethiopian Pentecostalism, I aim to contribute to the epistemological reflection of Pentecostal historiography.</jats:p> ...
Subjects
free text keywords: 8570, 1000, Religious studies, Epistemology, History, Marxist historiography, Historiography, Theology, Anthropology
Communities
Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
24 references, page 1 of 2

1 Grant Wacker, “Are the Golden Oldies Still Worth Playing? Reflections on History Writing Among Early Pentecostals,” Pneuma 8, no. 2 (1986): 81-100.

2 Cecil M. Jr Robeck, “An Emerging Magisterium? The Case of the Assemblies of God,” Pneuma 25, no. 2 (2003): 164-215.

3 Augustus Cerillo Jr., “Interpretative Approaches to the History of American Pentecostal Origins,” Pneuma 19 (1997): 29-52.

4 Ibid., 52.

5 William Kay, “Three Generations On. The Methodology of Pentecostal History,” EPTA Bulletin 11, no. 1+2 (1992): 58-70; William Kay, “Karl Popper and Pentecostal Historiography,” Pneuma 32, no. 1 (2010): 5-15.

6 Everett A. Wilson, “They Crossed the Red Sea, Didn't They? Critical History and Pentecostal Beginnings,” in The Globalization of Pentecostalism. A Religion Made to Travel, ed. Marray W. Dempster, Byron D. Klaus, and Douglas Petersen (Oxford: Regnum Books International, 1999), 85-115.

7 Dale T. Irvin, “Pentecostal Historiography and Global Christianity. Rethinking the Question of Origins,” Pneuma 27, no. 1 (2005): 35-50.

8 Philipp Sarasin, Geschichtswissenschaft Und Diskursanalyse, Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch Wissenschaft; 1639 (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2003), 23-25.

9 Hayden White, Metahistory. The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press, 1973).

10 Hayden White, ed., The Content of the Form. Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987), x.

11 See Robert M. Menzies, “Jumping Off the Postmodern Bandwagon,” Pneuma 16 (1994): 116.

12 These remarks will present a cumulative and largely uncritical account of Ethiopian Pentecostal history in order to provide some context. For a thorough (and necessary) deconstruction of this history and further references, see Jörg Haustein, Writing Religious History. The Historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism, Studien Zur Außereuropäischen Christentumsgeschichte (Asien, Afrika, Lateinamerika) 17 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011).

13 This is according to the Ethiopian census data. For a more detailed discussion of these figures and their implication, cf. Jörg Haustein and Terje Østebø, “EPRDF's Revolutionary Democracy and Religious Plurality. Islam and Christianity in post-Derg Ethiopia,” Journal of Eastern African Studies 5, no. 4 (2011): 755-772.

23 Hayden White, “The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality,” in The Content of the Form. Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation, ed. Hayden White (Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press, 1987), 20.

24 Ibid., 21.

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