Category Archives: Pneumatology

Notes on Bedford’s Theological Reflection on Discernment

Bedford, Nancy. “Little Moves Against Destructiveness: Theology and the Practice of Discernment,” in Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. eds. Miroslav Volf and Dorothy C. Bass. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 2002. Nancy Bedford presents discernment as a practice that … Continue reading

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How we understand the name(s) Jesus Christ

When I think of the second person of the Trinity, I’ve always had a tendency to think of Jesus as his human name and Christ as his divine name: two names for his two natures. In theology school, I encountered … Continue reading

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Zizioulas’ Pneumatology and Congar’s Spirit Substitutes

This week, one of my classmates presented on the “communion pneumatology” of John Zizioulas, a highly respected Eastern Orthodox theologian who has been active in the ecumenical movement for many years. I had previously encountered his communion ecclesiology, and his … Continue reading

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Schmemann on knowing the Holy Spirit

…this sequence — knowledge about, then knowledge of, and finally communion with — is reversed. There is nothing we can merely know about the Holy Spirit. … in the words of St. Seraphim, “when the Spirit of God descends on … Continue reading

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Moltmann on the filioque

…the far-reaching decision on favor of the filioque. This has meant that the Holy Spirit has come to be understood solely as ‘the Spirit of Christ’, and not at the same time as ‘the Spirit of th Father’. As the … Continue reading

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Who Proceeds from the Father… and the Son?

In reading further in Congar Vol 1 on the development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, I found myself becoming distressed at the focus on the Western understanding that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. … Continue reading

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Ubi Spiritus, ibi Ecclesia? The Holy Spirit, the Church, the Patristics, and Congar

Good grief, this book is dense! I’ve just read a six-page chapter by Congar on the experience of the Holy Spirit in the early church, and had to stop & blog about it. It’s led me on an interesting lark … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit and Me

I’ve had a special devotion to the Holy Spirit since I was about 8 years old. Many of the hymns we sang had a trinitarian structure, but in those days, we only ever sang two verses of a hymn. So … Continue reading

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Texts for this semester

I’m taking The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit this semester, and we’re using two texts that are interestingly complementary. Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen As our professor pointed out, Kärkkäinen … Continue reading

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