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date: 20 February 2019

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This chapter elucidates the epistemological assumptions tacit in the uniqueness of Pentecostal and charismatic experience. It argues that Pentecostal spirituality functions as a limit case for most paradigms in epistemology, requiring a revised account of ‘understanding’ that recognizes the unique and irreducible mode of ‘narrative knowledge’. It is suggested that this mode of religious experience is an occasion to recall biblical intuitions about knowledge often ignored by paradigms in contemporary religious epistemology. It is suggested that the method here, which begins from lived experience, making explicit what is tacit and implicit in practice, is akin to the phenomenological tradition of Heidegger and the the pragmatism of Wittgenstein and Robert Brandom.

Keywords: Pentecostalism, Spirit, experience, narrative, heart, testimony, Heidegger, Brandom

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