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Haustein, Jörg (2013)
Publisher: Brill
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: 1000, 8570
This article revisits the issue of historiography in Pentecostal studies, seeking to connect this\ud debate to recent theories of history coming from postcolonial and poststructuralist thought.\ud I argue that the historian of Pentecostalism should seek not only to reconstruct past events,\ud but, more than that, to offer a historical analysis of Pentecostal historiography. By drawing on\ud four related theoretical insights into history and applying them to a concrete example from\ud Ethiopian Pentecostalism, I aim to contribute to the epistemological reflection of Pentecostal\ud historiography.
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    • 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.
    • 25 Ibid.
    • 26 Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. Towards a Radical Democratic Politics, 2nd ed. (London: Verso, 2001), xi.
    • 27 Ibid., x (emphasis Laclau/Mouffe).
    • 28 Ibid., xii.
    • 29 Ibid., xiv.
    • 30 See Ernesto Laclau, “Why Do Empty Signifiers Matter to Politics?,” in The Lesser Evil and The Greater Good. The Theory and Politics of Social Diversity, ed. Jeffrey Weeks (London: Rivers Oram Press, 1994), 168. See also Jacob Torfing, New Theories of Discourse. Laclau, Mouffe and Žižek (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 87.
    • 53 Harald Johansson, “Pingsteld Över Etiopien (Pentecost Fire Over Ethiopia),” Evangelii Härold, no. 48 (1963): 4.
    • 54 Karl Ramstrand, “ETIOPIEN - Ett Mognande Skördefält (Ethiopia - a Ripe Harvest Field),” Evangelii Härold 45 (1962): 6-7.
    • 56 Jacques Derrida, “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences,” in Writing and Difference, ed. Jacques Derrida (London: Routledge, 1978), 280.
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