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Posted:March4,2010byRickHogaboaminPentecostal/CharismaticInterests,Pneumatology,Theology
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Thebelowaresomenotesfrommyresearch.Thesequotesaretakenfromthefollowing:

Dunn,J.D.G(hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Dunn_%28theologian%29).(1974).BaptismintheHolySpirit:AReexaminationoftheNew
TestamentTeachingontheGiftoftheSpiritinrelationtoPentecostalismtoday.(hp://www.amazon.com/BaptismHolySpiritJames
Dunn/dp/0664241409)London,UK:SCMPress

J.D.G.Dunn(1974:47)dialoguesdirectlywithdispensationalreadingsofJoel2:2832:

DispensationalistsoftenarguethatPeterdidnotconsiderPentecostafulllmentoftheJoelprophecy;e.g.M.F.Unger:Thisisthatmeans
nothingmorethanthatthisis(anillustrationof)thatwhichwasspokenbytheprophetJoel(Bib.Sac.122[165]177).Thisisspecialpleading.
Luke(andPeter)clearlyregardtheoutpouringonthe120asatleastthebeginningoftheoutpouringonallesh,andthelastdaysinwhich
whoevercallsuponthenameoftheLordshallbesaved(Acts2:21)havecertainlyarrived.

Dunn(1974:46)actuallythinksthatJoelinefulllmentonPentecostiscentraltothewholeideaofanewage:

itwasonlyatPentecostthattheJoelprophecywasfullled.IntheoldtwoageviewofJewisheschatologythegiftoftheSpiritwasoneofthe
decisivemarksofthenewage.CertainlyfortherstChristiansthegiftoftheSpiritwasthedecisivedierentiawhichmarkedotheold
dispensationfromthenew

WhileJ.D.G.Dunn(1974:5354)makesitquiteclearthatherejectsthetwostepemphasesofPentecostaltheology,hedoeshighlightthePentecostal1/3
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WhileJ.D.G.Dunn(1974:5354)makesitquiteclearthatherejectsthetwostepemphasesofPentecostaltheology,hedoeshighlightthePentecostal
experienceassomewhatparadigmaticinaqualitativefashionofwhatitmeanstobeaChristian:

InonesensePentecostcanneverberepeatedforthenewageishereandcannotbeusheredinagain.ButinanothersensePentecost,orrather
theexperienceofPentecost,canandmustberepeatedintheexperienceofallwhowouldbecomeChristians.AsthedayofPentecostwasonce
thedoorwayintothenewage,soentryintothenewagecanonlybemadethroughthatdoorway,thatis,throughreceivingthesameSpiritand
thesamebaptismintheSpiritasdidthe120.

WhatIndironicaboutDunnspleadingisthatwhileheoerscorrectivestotheclassicalPentecostalunderstandingofSpiritBaptism,heseemsto
almostbesayingthataPentecostalexperienceofsomesortisproofthatoneistrulyaChristian.InDunnsfthchapter,titledTheRiddleof
Samaria,hecontendsthattheSamaritansconversionwasdecientunderPhillipbecausetherewasnomanifestationoftheSpirit.Suchreasoning
isconsistentwithDunnsoverallthesisthatconversionwasaradicalexperiencethatwasnotedbysomesortofmanifestations.

IdontwanttolumpDunnsargumentswiththoseofOnenessPentecostals,buthesoundssimilaronmanypoints.Theytakethetraditional
Pentecostalemphasisoftongues,butratherthantieitwithasubsequentworkofSpiritBaptism,theyinsteadviewitasnormativeininitiation.
Essentially,OnenessPentecostalsbelievethatonemustspeakintonguestovalidatetheirinitiationintotheChristianfaith.Dunndoesnotbelieve
thattonguesareasingularsign,noranormativesignforChristianinitiation,butwhenhequestionstheSamaritansinitiationbecausetheywerent
manifestingtheSpiritinananalogousfashiontoPentecost,hedoesseemtoarguethatoneneedstoprovetheirfaithbymanifestingtheSpiritin
someradicalorextraordinaryfashion.

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