Scholars in Residence 2013
Bio: Dr Mark J. Cartledge is a practical theologian and an Anglican minister who has been studying Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity for over twenty five years. He is the Director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK. He was until recently the Editor of PentecoStudies, which is the journal of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism, for a number of years. His most recent book is Testimony in the Spirit (Ashgate, 2010).
Research Project: A book in the Pentecostal Manifesto Series (Eerdmans), entitled: The Praxis of the Spirit: Interventions in Practical Theology. The book will explore how Pentecostal hermeneutics, especially around the Day of Pentecost, might inform and interject into practical theology discourse. It aims to address issues around the use of Scripture, the role of pneumatology and religious experience, which have been underdeveloped in contemporary practical theology.
Public Lecture: Renewal Ecclesiology in Empirical Perspective
Date: March 5, 2013
Abstract: This occasional lecture in Renewal Studies will review the most recent work in Pentecostal ecclesiology before considering how concrete studies of congregations can assist in the construction of contemporary theology. It will analyse how implicit ecclesiologies derived from concrete empirical studies might serve to inform more systematic and blueprint ecclesiologies.
Dr. Cartledge will also conduct a PhD student lunchtime seminar during Phd residency and attend the conference of the Center on The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life. In addition, he shall be working on a paper for the International Academy of Practical Theology, entitled: 'Catch the Fire': Pentecostal Revivalism from Toronto to Beyond. This paper will review the state of the sociological research on the church associated with the Toronto Blessing in the 1990s and its international network now called 'Catch the Fire'. It will reflect theologically on the ecclesial narratives associated with this network and in particular the relationship between pilgrimage and revivalist spirituality.
Bernie Van De Walle
Bio: Dr. Van De Walle has taught at the Ambrose University College and Seminary since 1999 where he serves as Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology. Ordained with The Christian and Missionary Alliance, he has served churches in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and New Jersey. His book, The Heart of the Gospel is required reading for ordination with the C&MA and has been translated into Vietnamese and Chinese (French and Spanish are on the way). Currently, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, Dr. Van De Walle sits on the International Education Committee of the Alliance World Fellowship and on the Steering Committee of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium. Recently, he completed two terms as the President of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship.
Dr. Van De Walle is married to Colleen with whom he shares two sons, David and Ken.
Research Project: A monograph on the theology of holiness, entitled "Wholiness The Need, Nature, and Necessity of Holiness in Christian Thought and Practice." This book will seek to serve as an introduction to the doctrine of holiness, particularly from a Holiness, though not necessarily Wesleyan, perspective.
Public Lecture Project: ""Ecce Homo?": The Divine Anthropology of Albert B. Simpson."
Date: Feb 26, 2013
Abstract: Recently, it was suggested that the Christology of Albert Benjamin Simpson, founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, left him (and anyone whose theology is based on or similar to his) vulnerable to the charge of Apollinarianism, an ancient Christological heresy. Historically, however, Apollinarianism was deemed heretical based on an assumed, but never explicitly defined, and very "natural" anthropology. This presentation will assert that the anthropology that Simpson professed was not only true to Scripture but understood that the human spirit, in its original form, was not only of divine origin but was, of a kind, divine in nature, as well. Consequently, Simpson's assertion that Christ bore a divine spirit in the Incarnation, does not place him at odds with human nature but, instead, understands him to be its archetype.