Smith's book puts forth a Pentecostal "worldview" "or, following Charles Taylor, a Pentecostal "social imaginary."" He gives "five key aspects of a Pentecostal worldview." They are:
- A position of radical openness to God, and in particular, God doing something differently or new." So, for example, in our pentecostal-Baptist context we don't have an "
orderof service." We have, as Smith would say, "a fundamental openness to alterity or otherness." We have "an openness to the continuing (and sometimes surprising) operations of the Spirit in church and world, particularly the continued ministry of the Spirit, including continuing revelation, prophecy, and the centrality of charismatic giftings in the ecclesial community."
- "An "enchanted" theology of creation and culture that perceives the material creation as "charged" with the presence of gthe Spirit, but also with other spirits (including demons and "principalities and powers"), with entailed expectations regarding both miracles and spiritual warfare."
- "A nondualistic affirmation of embodiment and materiality expressed in an emphasis on physical healing."
- A rootedness "in an affective, narrative epistemology" because of, in contrast to rationalistic evangelical theology, "an emphasis on the role of experience."
- "An eschatological orientation to mission and justice, both expressed in terms of empowerment, with a certain "preferential
optionfor the marginalized." (If this last point surprises you see Donald Miller, Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement.)