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Excerpt: "Pentecostals have reason to feel some affinity with the more Eastern traditions....

Since liturgical worship is a central and highly developed aspect of Orthodox Church life and practice, this paper will focus specifically on the elements of materiality, beauty, and space in the tradition and worship life of the Eastern churches. To begin with, using the writings of Maximus the Confessor (d.662), a compendium of the early Eastern tradition and a foundational bridge into the full development of Byzantine theology, I will briefly sketch out some cosmological and soteriological accents which provide a context for the church’s views on materiality, beauty, and space. I will then move on to trace the refinement of these perspectives and enfranchisement into the dogmatic tradition. After a sampling of resulting Orthodox vision and practice with respect to our three foci, I will suggest some possible ways the witness of the Eastern churches might serve as a confirming and enriching resource for the further development of Pentecostal worship and the arts in the Spirit."


Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, San Dimas, CA, March 10-12, 2016.