Advents of the Spirit: An Introduction to the Current Study by Bradford E. Hinze, D. Lyle Dabney

By Bradford E. Hinze, D. Lyle Dabney

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, Come, Holy Spirit, is an invocation that has echoed down during the centuries as Christians have recalled, celebrated, and expected the arrival of the Spirit-not simply that of the good dinner party of Pentecost, but additionally within the numerous locations and occasions within which God has breathed the Spirit anew into the heritage of God's humans and the heritage of God's global. This number of essays seeks to attract cognizance to that groovy number of advents of the Spirit, and via so doing to provide an orientation for students and scholars alike to the learn of Pneumatology, the disciplined mirrored image at the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit. those essays have been initially ready for a symposium on Pneumatology that used to be held at Marquette college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 17-19, 1998. the gang of overseas and ecumenical students that convened for this event-historians, biblical exegetes, philosophers and systematicians-were invited either due to their attractiveness of their respective fields in addition to their widely known contributions to the research of this doctrine. Their collective mandate used to be to enquire the manifestations of the Spirit as those are being taken care of within the a number of theological disciplines. From the start, for that reason, the goal used to be to supply a suite of papers that may function an efficient advent to the present kingdom of analysis into Pneumatology.

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Only Luke drew a clear separation between the time of Jesus and the time of the church, and he had the luxury of two books to do it with. The others used the stories, with the discourses, catechetically for their communities and selected, edited, and touched them up accordingly. Among the many motivations which inspired the writing of the gospels we cannot exclude the concern to root the pneumatic element more rigorously in the historical Jesus. We can see even in the letters of Paul that elements in the church would like to divorce the Spirit from any tethering in Jesus,23 and Matthew’s accrediting of the early disciples as the bearers of the authentic tradition (Mt 13:51and passim) over against the emergent claims of false prophets (Mt 7:15-20; 24:11) points in the same direction.

The Unfinished Agenda and The Common Hope For every asset in this collection of essays, there are corresponding gaps that demand further investigation. The exploration of Protestant and Catholic traditions on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit was originally intended to be complemented by a paper and a response by representatives of the Orthodox tradition. The need to more explicitly engage the Orthodox tradition was keenly felt among the contributors. There were occasional allusions to the rise of pentecostalism within Protestant and Catholic churches and beyond in the papers and far more in the deliberations, but much more attention should be given to this avenue of inquiry.

Montague and the Spirit” (John 3:5). ” In Romans 6:1-11, however, we have the death-resurrection model, which does not mention the Holy Spirit. The context is Paul’s exhortation to a new ethical life, for which he finds the death-to-theold and the life-to-the-new congenial. But he is equally capable of using the contrast between the spirit and the flesh (Rom 8:1-13; Gal 5:16-26) to the same end. The Romans text, then, should not be allowed to overshadow the predominant Pauline witness that the principal effect of baptism is the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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