The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism
Buy Item $19.80 Retail: $22.00 Save 10% ($2.20)
In Stock
Stock No: WW080931
Wipf & Stock / 2009 / Paperback

Add To Cart

Add To Wishlist

Add To Cart


The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism

Wipf & Stock / 2009 / Paperback

In Stock
CBD Stock No: WW080931

Product Description

It is quite an assertion to claim that one is filled with the Spirit of God. What does a person offer as proof that this is actually true? Pentecostals at the turn of the twentieth century read the Bible, debated the issue, and then proposed evidence they thought the Scriptures indicated was the primary verification of Spirit-baptism. It was determined that the evidence to prove one had been baptized with the Holy Spirit was that the person had spoken in an unknown language as prompted by the Holy Spirit. The primary evidence of Spirit-baptism, it was concluded, was the expression of a charism.

In The Ultimate Evidence, Larry Newman argues that the initial evidence doctrine, as it stands, is inadequate and needs to be revisited and adjusted. Without discrediting or devaluing speaking in tongues, Newman points the reader to the ultimate evidence of Spirit-baptism: the more excellent way. Gathering from historical, cultural, and biblical sources, Dr. Newman argues that the biblical evidential paradigm is ethical and issues forth from the agape of the Cross. It is the ethical dimension of the Christian life that is primary.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 170
Vendor: Wipf & Stock
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1606080938
ISBN-13: 9781606080931

Related Products

  1. The Holy Spirit
    The Holy Spirit
    Billy Graham
    Thomas Nelson / 2000 / Trade Paperback
    $8.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 44% ($7.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
  2. A Handbook on Holy Spirit Baptism
    A Handbook on Holy Spirit Baptism
    Don Basham
    Whitaker House / 1980 / Mass Paperback
    $6.49 Retail: $11.99 Save 46% ($5.50)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
  3. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
    The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
    R.A. Torrey
    Bethany House / 2004 / Mass Paperback
    5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
  4. The Message of the Holy Spirit: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]
    The Message of the Holy Spirit: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]
    Keith Warrington
    IVP Academic / 2009 / Trade Paperback
    $13.99 Retail: $21.00 Save 33% ($7.01)

Product Reviews

4 Stars Out Of 5
4 out of 5
out Of 5
( out of 5)
out Of 5
( out of 5)
Meets Expectations:
out Of 5
( out of 5)
of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Displaying items 1-1 of 1
Page 1 of 1
  1. C. David Jones, DMin
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 27, 2009
    C. David Jones, DMin
    THE ULTIMATE EVIDENCE Rethinking The Evidence Issues for Spirit-Baptism by Larry Vern Newman, DMin Dr. Newmans work is carefully and insightfully organized into four major sections. In Part One: Antecedents of Glossolalia, the author traces the practice of glossolalia (speaking in ecstatic utterances) in the Hellenistic Religious of the ancient world, in Patristic Literature, and in Nineteenth-Century England. The question is posed as to what other criteria might be Biblically and hermeneutically sound and valid In Part Two: The Arguments of Three Traditions, Dr. Newman examines the Traditional, the Classical Pentecostal, and the Neo-Pentecostal Positions regarding the Biblical evidence and criteria for a Spirit baptism. Under Part Three: The Normative Argument, the author exposes the deficiencies in current Pentecostal Hermeneutics and calls for the adoption of a Biblically sound and valid hermeneutic by Pentecostal scholars, pastors and Biblically informed laity. Part Four: The Ultimate Evidence is the crowning contribution of Dr. Newmans work. He sets forth the Pauline Evidential Construct and advocates the Biblical Evidential Paradigm, calling the reader and the Charismatic movement toward a Comprehensive Evidential Construct embodied in the criterion of Scriptural agape! His thesis is scholarly and Biblically sound, and it is hoped and expected that his book will provide the framework for a reexamination and reformation of Pentecostal pneumatology and the placing of emphasis upon genuine Christian love as the ultimate evidence of the Spirit filled life. Dr. Newmans book is a must read for every charismatic pastor and churchman, and hopefully it will provide to the church at large a common basis for a greater understanding and appreciation of the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit within the Body of Christ on earth.C. David Jones, DMin, FAPCFort Wayne, IN06-25-09
Displaying items 1-1 of 1
Page 1 of 1

Author/Artist Review

Author: Dr. Larry Vern Newman
Located in: Wenatchee, WA
Submitted: April 07, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Dr. Larry Vern Newman is a professor with Columbia Evangelical Seminary and teaches Church Growth/Renewal, Pastoral Theology, and Theology. Dr. Newman was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1966, and ordained by the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ in 1974. He served as Pastor or Interim Pastor in the Assemblies of God and various independent community churches and several congregations of the United Church of Christ. Dr. Newman also served in administrative positions, and taught Pastoral Theology and Apologetics at Open Bible College, Des Moines, IA. He served as Executive Director of Maranatha Ministries, Inc., Kirkland, WA (a parachurch organization involved in Teaching, Youth, and Radio ministries). He is listed in the Dictionary of International Biography, Cambridge, England, Who's Who in Religion, and Personalities of the West and Midwest. He is a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. Dr. Newman earned a B.A. (Theology) from Northwest University, Kirkland, WA., an M.Div. (Church History) from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA., and a D.Min. (Church Growth/Renewal) from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, Pasadena, CA. Theological Persuasion: Reformed, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic. He has been published in several Pentecostal magazines, and is the author of the recently released book: “The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism”

    What was your motivation behind this project?  My intent is to clarify and refine the Pentecostal "Initial Evidence Doctrine"

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that Christians of all persuasions will come to understand this controversial doctrine more clearly and thus come to a better understanding of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I have come to a better understanding of my faith and how it has been impacted by the biblical, historical and cultural issues researched and studied.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Donald G. Bloesch, Daniel B. Pecota, Ray S. Anderson, Karl Barth, T. F. Torrence, John Stott, Elton Trueblood, Gordon Fee, Richard Lovelace.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  My wife, Marlena and I have six children, seventeen grand children and five great grands.

Ask Christianbook

Find Related Products


Ask Christianbook

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.