The Spirit Of Life

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Moltmann, "the foremost Protestant theologian in the world" (Church Times), brings his characteristic audacity to this traditional topic and cuts to the heart of the matter with a simple identification: What we experience every day as the spirit of life is the spirit of God. Such considerations give Moltmann's treatment of the different aspects of life in the Spirit a verve and vitality that are concrete and existential.

Veteran readers will find here a rich and subtle extension of Moltmann's trinitarian and christological works, even as he makes bold use of key insights from feminist and ecological theologies, from recent attention to embodiment, and from charismatic movements. Newcomers will find a fascinating entrée into the heart of his work: the transformative potential of the future.
"Moltmann develops a theology of the Holy Spirit that links the Christian community's experience of the Spirit to the sanctification and liberation of life. He brilliantly displays the ecological and political significance of Christian belief in the Trinity."
—Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School

Author Biography:
Jürgen Moltmann is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Among his other works: The Trinity and the Kingdom of God (1981), God in Creation (1985), The Way of Jesus Christ (1990), and The Coming of God (1996).

The fourth book in Moltmann's systematic theology is a full-scale theology of the spirit that also marks a personal religious quest. Veteran readers of Moltmann will find a rich and subtle extension of his trinitarian and christological works, even as he makes bold use of key insights from feminist and ecological theologies, embodiment and charismatic movements.

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In The Spirit Of Life: A Universal Affirmation, Jurgen Moltmann (Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Tubingen, Germany) offers a rich and subtle extension of his trinitarian and christological thought, making bold use of key insights from feminist and ecological theologies, and from recent charismatic movements and a stress on embodiment. The Spirit Of Life is written for a readership that must currently exist in an age of planetary peril, in cultures often hostile to human, animal, and plight life. With his emphatic insistence on the Spirit, Moltmann's clear call to conscience as the one indispensable element for human survival is essential reading for our times and highly recommended for Christians and other truth seekers in search of an enhanced and motivational understanding of spirituality within the context of a contemporary and secular world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634247
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 833,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction: Approaches in Pneumatology Today 1
1. The Ecumenical and Pentecostal Invitation to the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit 3
2. Overcoming the False Alternative between Divine Revelation and Human Experience of the Holy Spirit 5
3. The Discovery of the Cosmic Breadth of the Divine Spirit 8
4. The Question about the Personhood of the Holy Spirit 10
Pt. 1 Experiences of the Spirit
I Experience of Life - Experience of God 17
1 Dimensions of Experience 18
2 Experience Subjectified and Methodologized in Modern Times: God in the Determining Subject 28
3 Immanent Transcendence: God in All Things 31
II Historical Experience of the Spirit 39
1 Spirit - the Divine Energy of Life 40
2 God's Presence in the Spirit Among His People 43
3 God's Spirit and His Shekinah 47
4 Messianic Expectations of the Spirit 51
III Trinitarian Experience of the Spirit 58
1 The Christ of the Spirit: the Spirituality of Jesus 60
2 The Spirit of Christ: the Spirituality of the Community of his People 65
3 Trinitarian Mutuality between God's Spirit and His Son 71
4 The Expectation of the Spirit in Hoping and Lamenting 73
Pt. 2 Life in the Spirit
IV The Spirit of Life 83
1 Spirituality or Vitality? 83
2 The Conflict between the 'Spirit' and the 'Flesh' 86
3 The Gnostic Misunderstanding of the Apocalyptic Conflict 89
4 New Vitality: Life against Death 94
V The Liberation for Life 99
1 Experience of God as Experience of Liberation: Exodus and Resurrection 99
2 The Modern Alternative: God or Freedom? 105
3 Spirit that Liberates for Life 114
4 The Experience of Freedom as Experience of God: The Lord is the Spirit 120
VI The Justification of Life 123
1 The Justification of Sinners: General or Specific? 124
2 The Righteousness and Justice of God which Creates Justice for Victims 129
3 The Justifying Righteousness and Justice of God for the Perpetrators 132
4 The Rectifying Righteousness and Justice of God for Structures 138
5 The Spirit as Judge 142
VII The Rebirth to Life 144
1 Biblical Interpretations 145
2 The Discussion in Systematic Theology 147
3 Personal Experience in Regeneration: incipit vita nova 153
4 The Experience of God in Regeneration: the Spirit as the Mother of Life 157
VIII The Sanctification of Life 161
1 Justification and Sanctification in Luther and Wesley 163
2 Sanctification Today 171
3 The Sanctifying God 174
4 The Holy Life 175
5 The Holy Spirit as the Power of Life and the Space for Living 177
IX The Charismatic Powers of Life 180
1 The Charismatic Vitality of the New Life 181
2 Speaking with Tongues 185
3 The Awakening of Charismatic Experience 186
4 The Healing of the Sick 188
5 The Charisma of the Handicapped Life 192
6 Everyone according to his Abilities, Everyone according to his Needs 193
7 The Holy Spirit as Source of Energy and Field of Force 195
X Theology of Mystical Experience 198
1 Action and Meditation 199
2 Meditation and Contemplation 202
3 Contemplation and Mysticism 205
4 Mysticism and Martyrdom 208
5 The Vision of the World in God 211
Pt. 3 The Fellowship and Person of the Spirit
XI The Fellowship of the Spirit 217
1 Experience of the Spirit - Experience of Fellowship 217
2 Christianity in the Fellowship of the Spirit 229
3 The Theology of the Social Experience of God 248
XII The Personhood of the Spirit 268
1 Metaphors for the Experience of the Spirit 269
2 The Streaming Personhood of the Divine Spirit 285
3 The Trinitarian Personhood of the Holy Spirit 289
Veni Creator Spiritus 310
Notes 312
Index of Names 347
Index of Confessions, Creeds and other Documents 354
Index of Biblical References 355
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