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The Holy Spirit (#05 in Christian Foundations Series)

The Holy Spirit (#05 in Christian Foundations Series)

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In The Holy Spirit: Works & Gifts Donald Bloesch aptly brings together his grasp of historical and systematic theology as well as his deep concern for spirituality. The fruit of a lifetime of study and devotion, this book masterfully interweaves biblical study, historical overviews and reflection on contemporary developments and issues to shed light on faith in God, the Holy Spirit. On a topic that sadly threatens to divide the church, Bloesch strives to build bridges between the various traditions of Christian faith, especially between Reformed theology and the Pentecostal movement.

This wide-ranging and in-depth reflection on the presence, reality and ministry of the Holy Spirit serves as a landmark guide to those seeking a faithful theological understanding of the Holy Spirit as well as those searching for a renewing and empowering hope for the church of Jesus Christ.

Building on A Theology of Word & Spirit, the inaugural volume of his Christian Foundations series, Bloesch guards against the equal dangers of a subjective spiritualism and a cold formalism. He speaks out of the perspective of the Protestant Reformation with its emphasis on the complementarity of Word and Spirit and the priority of grace over works. But he also acknowledges the Pentecostal perception that the work of the Spirit involves empowering for witness as well as sealing for salvation. Bloesch likewise finds truth in the mystical tradition of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy that the Spirit calls us to holiness of life as well as to a decision of faith.

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In The Holy Spirit: Works & Gifts Donald Bloesch aptly brings together his grasp of historical and systematic theology as well as his deep concern for spirituality. The fruit of a lifetime of study and devotion, this book masterfully interweaves biblical study, historical overviews and reflection on contemporary developments and issues to shed light on faith in God, the Holy Spirit. On a topic that sadly threatens to divide the church, Bloesch strives to build bridges between the various traditions of Christian faith, especially between Reformed theology and the Pentecostal movement.

This wide-ranging and in-depth reflection on the presence, reality and ministry of the Holy Spirit serves as a landmark guide to those seeking a faithful theological understanding of the Holy Spirit as well as those searching for a renewing and empowering hope for the church of Jesus Christ.

Building on A Theology of Word & Spirit, the inaugural volume of his Christian Foundations series, Bloesch guards against the equal dangers of a subjective spiritualism and a cold formalism. He speaks out of the perspective of the Protestant Reformation with its emphasis on the complementarity of Word and Spirit and the priority of grace over works. But he also acknowledges the Pentecostal perception that the work of the Spirit involves empowering for witness as well as sealing for salvation. Bloesch likewise finds truth in the mystical tradition of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy that the Spirit calls us to holiness of life as well as to a decision of faith.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Donald G Bloesch

Donald G. Bloesch (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has done postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tubingen and Basel and has written numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Christian Foundations Series, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Foreword: A Dialogical Approach
  • 1. Introduction
  • The Collapse Of Modernity
  • A Theology Of The Christian Life
  • Appendix A: Evangelical Rationalism & Propositional Revelation
  • 2. The Contemporary Debate
  • The Person Of The Spirit
  • Baptism And Conversion
  • Baptism And Confirmation
  • Assurance And Evidence
  • Aspects Of Salvation
  • Word And Spirit
  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Gender Of The Spirit
  • Outreach Of The Spirit
  • 3. The Descent Of The Spirit In Biblical Understanding
  • Divergent Views
  • Transmission Of The Spirit
  • Dimensions Of The Spirit's Activity
  • Eschatological Significance
  • Complementary Emphases
  • 4. Fathers, Enthusiasts & Mystics
  • The Church Fathers
  • Later Development In Catholicism
  • Religious Enthusiasm
  • Christian Mysticism
  • 5. Reformation Perspectives
  • The Twofold Baptism
  • A New Kind Of Confirmation
  • The Gifts Of The Spirit
  • Call To Holiness
  • The Decisive Role Of Experience
  • 6. Post-reformation Renewal Movements
  • Puritanism
  • Pietism
  • Evangelicalism
  • The Holiness Movement
  • 7. New Challenges To Traditional Faith
  • Definitions
  • Quakerism And Kindred Movements
  • Swedenborgianism
  • New Light From Russia
  • The Inspirationists
  • Mormonism
  • Restorationist Sects
  • Seventh-day Adventism
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • The Unification Church
  • The New Age Movement
  • Dispensationalism
  • Postscript
  • 8. Pentecostalism
  • Theological Background
  • Historical Development
  • Pentecostal Distinctives
  • The Phenomenon Of Glossolalia
  • Dangers In Pentecostalism
  • Enduring Contributions
  • The Spirit Of Self-criticism
  • Appendix B: Battling The Demons
  • 9. Recent Developments In Theological Thought
  • H. Wheeler Robinson
  • Karl Barth
  • Paul Tillich
  • Rudolf Bultmann
  • Jürgen Moltmann
  • Yves Congar
  • Regin Prenter
  • Clark Pinnock
  • Paul Evdokimov
  • Other Voices
  • Postscript
  • 10. The Holy Spirit: Person & Mission
  • The Spirit In The Trinity
  • Spirit And Word
  • Water And Spirit
  • Works Of The Spirit
  • Charisms And Ministries
  • Rethinking Pentecost
  • Appendix C: Some Difficult Texts
  • 11. The Highway Of Holiness
  • A Life Of Battle
  • Holiness And Justification
  • Stages On Life's Pilgrimage
  • The Paradox Of Sanctity
  • Appendix D: A Theology Of The Cross
  • Notes
  • Index Of Names
  • Index Of Subjects
  • Index Of Scripture
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  • Catalogue Code 224959
  • Product Code 0830827552
  • EAN 9780830827558
  • Pages 415
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Systematic Theology
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jan 2006
  • Sales Rank #24316
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 29 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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