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The Holy Spirit: Classic and Contemporary Readings

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3623-5
360 pages
May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Beginning with the Church Fathers and moving right through to the present day, The Holy Spirit offers a theologically informed, international collection of the most important texts relating to Christians' understanding of the Holy Spirit.
  • A new volume of texts and readings offering a chronologically-organized selection of the most important and interesting writings on the Holy Spirit
  • Considers how the Holy Spirit has always been an integral part of both Christian belief and systematic theology - from the Church Fathers through to the present day
  • Each set of readings is prefaced by an introduction from the editor, drawing out the main themes and important historical points, and linking the readings to what has gone before
  • Tackles the disagreements over the role of the Holy Spirit within the Trinity, and how it was a contributing factor in the split between the Western and Eastern Church
  • Opens with a newly-commissioned essay describing the importance of the Holy Spirit in the theology of the last one hundred years, and in particular in relation to the revival of Trinitarian theology
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List of Illustrations

About the Authors

Acknowledgments and Sources

Introduction

I: Late Twentieth-Century Questions:

1. You Wonder Where the Spirit Went: Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton)

2. Trinity: Richard Norris (Union Theological Seminary, New York)

3. Living into the Mystery of the Holy Trinity: Trinity, Prayer and Sexuality: Sarah Coakley (Cambridge University)

4. Word and Spirit: Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury)

5. Charismatic Experience: Church of England Doctrine Commission (Sarah Coakley)

6. Vatican Clarification on the Filioque: Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

7. Matter and Spirit, or What is Pauline Participation in Christ? Stanley Stowers (Brown University)

II: Syriac Resources:

8. from Hymn on Virginity, 7: Ephrem the Syrian (ca. 306-73)

9. [Eating Love]: Isaac of Nineveh (fl. ca. 680)

10. from The Holy Spirit in the Syrian Baptismal Tradition: Sebastian Brock (formerly of Oriental Institute, Oxford)

III: Early Greek Resources:

11. from Catechetical Orations: Cyril of Jerusalem (ca. 313-386/7)

12. from Orations against the Arians: Athanasius of Alexandria (295-373)

13. from On the Holy Spirit: Basil of Caesarea (ca. 329-79)

14. from On Holy Baptism and On Pentecost: Gregory of Nazianzus (329-89)

IV: Latin Resources:

15. Homily on the First Epistle of John: Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

16. Veni Spiritus Hymns

17. [The Holy Spirit Hovers over Baptism]: Rupert of Deutz (1075-1129)

18. Fourth Sermon for Palm Sunday: Guerric of Igny (1070/80-1157)

19. from Summa Theologica: Thomas Aquinas (1225-74)

V: German Resources:

20. from The Last Words of David: Martin Luther (1483-1546)

21. from Mysterium Paschale: Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-88)

22. from The Trinity and the Kingdom: Jürgen Moltmann (Tübingen and Emory University)

VI: Russian and Romanian Resources:

23. from The Comforter: Pavel Florensky (1882-1937)

24. Redemption and Deification: Vladimir Lossky (1903-58)

25. from Trinitarian Relations and the Life of the Church: Dumitru Staniloae (1903-93)

VII: Mystical Resources:

26. from The Discourses: Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022)

27. from The Spiritual Espousals: John Ruusbroec (1293-1381)

28. from The Inhalation of the Air: St John of the Cross (1542-91)

29. [The Spirit as Bride]: Matthias Scheeben (1835-88)

30. from Prayer in the Trinity: Adrienne von Speyr (1902-67)

VIII: Late Twentieth-Century Applications:

31. from How the Spirit Reads and How to Read the Spirit: Stephen E. Fowl (Loyola University)

32. from The Epistemic Role of the Spirit: Bruce D. Marshall (Southern Methodist University)

Further Reading

Scripture Index

General Index

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Eugene F. Rogers Jr. is the Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of After the Spirit (2005); Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2002); Sexuality and the Christian Body (Wiley-Blackwell, 1999); and Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth (1995).
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  • A new volume of texts and readings offering a chronologically-organized selection of the most important and interesting writings on the Holy Spirit
  • Considers how the Holy Spirit has always been an integral part of both Christian belief and systematic theology - beginning with the Church Fathers and moving right through to the present day
  • Each set of readings is prefaced by an introduction from the editor, drawing out the main themes and important historical points, and linking the readings to what has gone before
  • Tackles the disagreements over the role of the Holy Spirit within the Trinity, and how it was a contributing factor in the split between the Western and Eastern Church
  • Opens with a newly-commissioned essay describing the importance of the Holy Spirit in the theology of the last one hundred years, and in particular in relation to the revival of Trinitarian theology
See More

"This excellent resource gathers writings on the Holy Spirit from the patristic era to the present, giving each a preface introducing its context and contribution." (Religious Studies Review, June 2010)

“With helpful chapter introductions, manageable chapter lengths, and even full-colour images of relevant ecclesial art, this volume clearly lends itself to classroom use.” (
Evangelical Theology, Spring 2010)

"An excellent selection of primary resources old and new. Students from all Christian traditions, and those from none will find in the material gathered here an excellent introduction to the current state of pneumatological discussion as well as much that enables multiple paths back to the resources of Christian tradition."
--Lewis Ayres, Emory University

"A remarkable collection of the church's rich and varied traditions on the Spirit! Assembled here is a splendid array of resources: ancient and modern, Syriac and Latin, Russian and North American. This anthology combines theological treatise with hymn, prayer with exegesis. Rogers' introductions to each selection are gems of pneumatology in their own right, introducing students and scholars to understudied as well as familiar resources."
--David Jensen, Austin Seminary, Texas

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