Last May I completed a my journey through my PhD program. For 10 years I have immersed myself in the world of Assemblies of God history and doctrine in order to produce the first comprehensive study of AG eschatology that looks at 100 years of official, popular and scholarly expressions of the AG’s position on the second coming of Jesus. It was a joyful journey with may twists and turns. But in the end, I feel proud of the work I did and the contribution I made to the field of Pentecostal History and Theology.
Today, that thesis is available to the public for the first time. My school, Bangor University (Wales), publishes all of their dissertations freely online through their open-source digital repository. Unlike Proquest, or other dissertation services, that are only available by subscription to academic libraries, Bangor believes in the value of information justice and sharing research with the world. Anyone can download it free of charge here:
https://research.bangor.ac.uk/portal/en/theses/the-origin-development-and-future-of-assemblies-of-god-eschatology(9d6fbc67-9a5e-47d5-8226-c7c62e24f609).html (warning, it takes a while to download)
A published print version of this thesis is in the works with ORU Press, which will hopefully be available later this year.
As I say in the dedication: ” I pray this study honors the past, encourages the present, and shapes the future.”
2 thoughts on “The Origin, Development, and Future of Assemblies of God Eschatology: A PhD Thesis”
Professor: Thank you for the opportunity to post this note and congratulations on the honor bestowed upon you and on your association with Word Press. The thought of being able to read your dissertation brings excitement to my Spirit, which has led me to this site. Now to my post, which is a concern that the Latter Rain movement evolved to the NAR which has further evolved into the INC, Independent Network Charismatic.
Regarding the INC, briefly, is the impartation of self-anointed “apostles” based on a teaching of “covering authority” theology a mis-interpretation of Ephesians 4? Is this Third Wave extreme adaptation pulling AG members away from core doctrine towards dominion theology, such as subtle teaching of post-millennialism?
P.s Trying not to be wordy….oops.
Thank you for any reply.
Thank you for making this available. I was not able to download it from the Bankor site (several attempts and waiting all night long), but the ORU link (https://digitalshowcase.oru.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1109&context=cose_pub) worked fine. This will be very helpful to me.