The Holy Spirit: Works & Gifts

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

The second volume of this systematic theology examines the implications of biblical authority for the 21st century, arguing against both evangelical rationalism and liberal experientialism. Bloesch proposes an alternative which views Scripture as the written Word of God but stresses that it becomes so only through the illumination of the Spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830827558
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2005
  • Series: Christian Foundations
  • Pages: 415
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010) earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He did postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tübingen and Basel.

He wrote numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook: Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer, Spirituality Old & New, Freedom for Obedience and the seven-volume Christian Foundations series. He also served for a time as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Foreword: A Dialogical Approach1. Introduction
The Collapse of Modernity
A Theology of the Christian Life
Appendix A: Evangelical Rationalism & Propositional Revelation2. 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 Spirit3. The Descent of the Spirit in Biblical Understanding
Divergent Views
Transmission of the Spirit
Dimensions of the Spirit's Activity
Eschatological Significance
Complementary Emphases4. Fathers, Enthusiasts & Mystics
The Church Fathers
Later Development in Catholicism
Religious Enthusiasm
Christian Mysticism5. Reformation Perspectives
The Twofold Baptism
A New Kind of Confirmation
The Gifts of the Spirit
Call to Holiness
The Decisive Role of Experience6. Post-Reformation Renewal Movements
Puritanism
Pietism
Evangelicalism
The Holiness Movement7. 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
Postscript8. 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 Demons9. 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
Postscript10. 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 Texts11. 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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