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.
Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Kay, W. K. (2010) 'Karl Popper and Pentecostal Historiography' Pneuma, 32(1), 5-15(11)
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Kay, William K., "Karl Popper and Pentecostal Historiography" (2010). Theology. Paper 4.