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Pneumatology

One of the most exciting recent developments in theology has been an unprecedented interest in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Veli-Matti Karkkainen describes this phenomenon as a "pneumetalogical renaissance." But such discussion should be informed, he contends, by two overarching principles. First, we must acknowledge the variety of approaches to the experience of the Holy Spirit ecumenically: "No church can claim a monopoly on the Spirit, and no tradition is specifically 'spirited.'" Second, talk about the Spirit must always be contextual and therefore culture-specific: "The spirit of God . . . indwells believers and creation in specific and tangible ways."
Working from this perspective, the book introduces readers to pneumatology, the theology and spirituality of the Holy Spirit, in current international theology. As such, the work offers a biblical, historical, and theological assessment of the Third Person of the Trinity. However, unlike most textbooks on pneumatology, Karkkainen takes a fresh, innovative approach. Rather than focusing on any single topic, his aim is to chart the various territories of contemporary writings and reflections on pneumatology.
Consequently, the volume examines various theological and denominational understandings of the Spirit (all major Christian traditions are reviewed), assesses key contemporary theologians of the Spirit (e.g., Pannenberg, Moltmann, and Pinnock), and inquires into several contextual approaches (e.g., liberation, feminist, and green). These distinctives and the emphasis on the contemporary global scene make this a unique volume.
An up-to-date survey of the most noteworthy and theologically pregnant orientations to the Spirit in the worldwide ecumenical and intercultural scene, this work will guide readers in discerning the Holy Spirit's activity at the beginning of the third millennium.

--discusses ecumenical, international, and contextual pneumatologies
--ecumenical emphasis ranges from Eastern Orthodox to Pentecostal/charismatic
--international scope gives voice to African and Latin American perspectives
--covers major pneumatologies
--provides a comprehensive bibliographyVeli-Matti Kärkkäinen (D.Theol., University of Helsinki) is associate professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and also holds teaching posts at the University of Helsinki and Iso Kirja College in Finland. He has published seven books and is active as an ecumenical theologian serving on three working groups of the World Council of Churches.Preface

1. Introduction to Pneumatology as a Theological Discipline
2. Biblical Perspectives on the Spirit
3. The Historical Unfolding of the Experience of the Spirit
4. Ecumenical Perspectives on the Spirit
5. Leading Contemporary Theologians on the Spirit
6. Contextual Pneumatologies

Epilogue
Bibliography
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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About "Pneumatology"

One of the most exciting recent developments in theology has been an unprecedented interest in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Veli-Matti Karkkainen describes this phenomenon as a "pneumetalogical renaissance." But such discussion should be informed, he contends, by two overarching principles. First, we must acknowledge the variety of approaches to the experience of the Holy Spirit ecumenically: "No church can claim a monopoly on the Spirit, and no tradition is specifically 'spirited.'" Second, talk about the Spirit must always be contextual and therefore culture-specific: "The spirit of God . . . indwells believers and creation in specific and tangible ways."
Working from this perspective, the book introduces readers to pneumatology, the theology and spirituality of the Holy Spirit, in current international theology. As such, the work offers a biblical, historical, and theological assessment of the Third Person of the Trinity. However, unlike most textbooks on pneumatology, Karkkainen takes a fresh, innovative approach. Rather than focusing on any single topic, his aim is to chart the various territories of contemporary writings and reflections on pneumatology.
Consequently, the volume examines various theological and denominational understandings of the Spirit (all major Christian traditions are reviewed), assesses key contemporary theologians of the Spirit (e.g., Pannenberg, Moltmann, and Pinnock), and inquires into several contextual approaches (e.g., liberation, feminist, and green). These distinctives and the emphasis on the contemporary global scene make this a unique volume.
An up-to-date survey of the most noteworthy and theologically pregnant orientations to the Spirit in the worldwide ecumenical and intercultural scene, this work will guide readers in discerning the Holy Spirit's activity at the beginning of the third millennium.

--discusses ecumenical, international, and contextual pneumatologies
--ecumenical emphasis ranges from Eastern Orthodox to Pentecostal/charismatic
--international scope gives voice to African and Latin American perspectives
--covers major pneumatologies
--provides a comprehensive bibliographyVeli-Matti Kärkkäinen (D.Theol., University of Helsinki) is associate professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and also holds teaching posts at the University of Helsinki and Iso Kirja College in Finland. He has published seven books and is active as an ecumenical theologian serving on three working groups of the World Council of Churches.Preface

1. Introduction to Pneumatology as a Theological Discipline
2. Biblical Perspectives on the Spirit
3. The Historical Unfolding of the Experience of the Spirit
4. Ecumenical Perspectives on the Spirit
5. Leading Contemporary Theologians on the Spirit
6. Contextual Pneumatologies

Epilogue
Bibliography
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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One of the most exciting recent developments in theology has been an unprecedented interest in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Veli-Matti Karkkainen describes this phenomenon as a "pneumetalogical renaissance." But such discussion should be informed, he contends, by two overarching principles. First, we must acknowledge the variety of approaches to the experience of the Holy Spirit ecumenically: "No church can claim a monopoly on the Spirit, and no tradition is specifically 'spirited.'" Second, talk about the Spirit must always be contextual and therefore culture-specific: "The spirit of God ... indwells believers and creation in specific and tangible ways."
Working from this perspective, the book introduces readers to pneumatology, the theology and spirituality of the Holy Spirit, in current international theology. As such, the work offers a biblical, historical, and theological assessment of the Third Person of the Trinity. However, unlike most textbooks on pneumatology, Karkkainen takes a fresh, innovative approach. Rather than focusing on any single topic, his aim is to chart the various territories of contemporary writings and reflections on pneumatology.
Consequently, the volume examines various theological and denominational understandings of the Spirit (all major Christian traditions are reviewed), assesses key contemporary theologians of the Spirit (e.g., Pannenberg, Moltmann, and Pinnock), and inquires into several contextual approaches (e.g., liberation, feminist, and green). These distinctives and the emphasis on the contemporary global scene make this a unique volume.
An up-to-date survey of the most noteworthy and theologically pregnant orientations to the Spirit in the worldwide ecumenical and intercultural scene, this work will guide readers in discerning the Holy Spirit's activity at the beginning of the third millennium.

--discusses ecumenical, international, and contextual pneumatologies
--ecumenical emphasis ranges from Eastern Orthodox to Pentecostal/charismatic
--international scope gives voice to African and Latin American perspectives
--covers major pneumatologies
--provides a comprehensive bibliography

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Meet the Author

Veli-Matti Karkkainen

Veli-Matti Karkkainen (D.Theol and DrTheol, Habil, University of Helsinki) is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and also holds a teaching position at the University of Helsinki as Dozent of Ecumenics.

A prolific writer, Karkkinen has published 11 books in English (and seven in his native language, Finnish), most recently The Trinity: Global Perspectives (2007), One With God: Salvation as Deification and Justification (2004), and Trinity and Religious Pluralism: The Doctrine of the Trinity in Christian Theology of Religions (2004), Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective and Christology: A Global Introduction. as well as more than 100 articles, which have appeared in international scholarly journals.

He is also the editor (with William Dyrness) of Global Dictionary of Theology (2008). He is a member of three working groups of the World Council of Churches and has participated in numerous international consultations. He is also an external examiner for Wales University.

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  • One Of The Most Exciting Recent Developments In Theology Has Been An Unprecedented Interest In The Person And Work Of The Holy Spirit. In Fact, Veli-matti Karkkainen Describes This Phenomenon As A "pneumetalogical Renaissance." But Such Discussion Should Be Informed, He Contends, By Two Overarching Principles. First, We Must Acknowledge The Variety Of Approaches To The Experience Of The Holy Spirit Ecumenically: "no Church Can Claim A Monopoly On The Spirit, And No Tradition Is Specifically 'spirited.'" Second, Talk About The Spirit Must Always Be Contextual And Therefore Culture-specific: "the Spirit Of God ... Indwells Believers And Creation In Specific And Tangible Ways."
    Working From This Perspective, The Book Introduces Readers To Pneumatology, The Theology And Spirituality Of The Holy Spirit, In Current International Theology. As Such, The Work Offers A Biblical, Historical, And Theological Assessment Of The Third Person Of The Trinity. However, Unlike Most Textbooks On Pneumatology, Karkkainen Takes A Fresh, Innovative Approach. Rather Than Focusing On Any Single Topic, His Aim Is To Chart The Various Territories Of Contemporary Writings And Reflections On Pneumatology.
    Consequently, The Volume Examines Various Theological And Denominational Understandings Of The Spirit (all Major Christian Traditions Are Reviewed), Assesses Key Contemporary Theologians Of The Spirit (e.g., Pannenberg, Moltmann, And Pinnock), And Inquires Into Several Contextual Approaches (e.g., Liberation, Feminist, And Green). These Distinctives And The Emphasis On The Contemporary Global Scene Make This A Unique Volume.
    An Up-to-date Survey Of The Most Noteworthy And Theologically Pregnant Orientations To The Spirit In The Worldwide Ecumenical And Intercultural Scene, This Work Will Guide Readers In Discerning The Holy Spirit's Activity At The Beginning Of The Third Millennium.

    --discusses Ecumenical, International, And Contextual Pneumatologies
    --ecumenical Emphasis Ranges From Eastern Orthodox To Pentecostal/charismatic
    --international Scope Gives Voice To African And Latin American Perspectives
    --covers Major Pneumatologies
    --provides A Comprehensive Bibliography

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  • Catalogue Code 362494
  • Product Code 9781585583256
  • ISBN 1585583251
  • EAN 9781585583256
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Pneumatology
  • Publisher Baker Academic
  • Publication Date Jun 2002
  • Sales Rank #76411
  • DRM Adobe
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