Power and the Spirit of God

Power and the Spirit of God : Toward an Experience-Based Pneumatology

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In this book the distinguished Roman Catholic theologian Bernard Cooke reassesses the long-standing Christian description of divine power. The word "power" evokes the spheres of economic, political, and social life. Cooke suggests, however, that the deepest questions about conflicting powers are theological and concern what Christians have traditionally referred to as "the Holy Spirit" and "salvation." He believes that the twentieth-century reappraisal of the theological view of power may represent the most radical paradigm shift to touch Christianity in eighteen hundred years. In present-day scholarly discussions of pneumatology (the theology of the Holy Spirit), there is widespread agreement that the traditional description of the Spirit of God as the third person of the trinity is both inadequate and misleading. Much more reflection on the notion of "spirit" as applied to God is needed, says Cooke, and the use of the modern understanding of "person" in reference to God's Spirit must be challenged. Granted that, however, what would replace it? There is no ready answer, and ultimately one is faced with mystery. But greater insight into personal communication and relationships, increased understanding of the function of symbols and rituals, and greater awareness of the sacramentality of creation and especially of believing Christian communities seem to open up new avenues of reflection. Cooke follows these paths in an attempt to frame an experience-based pneumatology, offering a phenomenological description of selected spheres of power-economic, political, social, personal-as arenas to perceive the agency of the Spirit.show more

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  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 154.9 x 238.8 x 22.9mm | 385.56g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195174518
  • 9780195174519
  • 2,006,404

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Power and the Spirit of God is an important and challenging word in what should be an ongoing converstaion. Some of the book's imaginative content may very well be the work of the Spirit who is creative power. * PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies *show more

About Bernard Cooke

Bernard Cooke is Loyola Professor of Theology Emeritus at the College of the Holy Cross and currently teaches at the Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry. He has taught at numerous universities in the United States and Canada and has lectured widely in North America and abroad. He is the author of more than twenty books including, most recently, The Future of the Eucharist (1997).show more

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Power and the Spirit of God is an important and challenging word in what should be an ongoing converstaion. Some of the book's imaginative content may very well be the work of the Spirit who is creative power. PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studiesshow more

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