Karl Popper and Pentecostal Historiography

Kay, William K (2010) Karl Popper and Pentecostal Historiography.


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Karl Popper argued that science proceeds not by induction but by offering explanatory theories which scientists then attempt to falsify. What cannot be falsified, falls outside the realm of science. In applying his ideas to the writing of history Popper was particularly scathing about Marxist predictions of future historical development. But he did believe history could be written by looking at the situations historical figures found themselves in and the problems they attempted to solve. Pentecostal historiography has been divided into four main types: the providential, the historical roots, the multicultural and the functional. When each of these types is analysed and judged against Popper’s strictures against induction, we find, among other things, that the unfashionable providential account need not be ruled out.

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Additional Information: This is the author's post print version after refereeing. 'This article was published in Pneuma, in 2010, which is the journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. The published article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/027209610X12628362887514
Keywords: Popper, Pentecostalism, historiography, Providence
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Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:07
URI: https://glyndwr.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/362

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