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ISBN: 9781907713101
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 24
Publication Date: 01/08/2011
Pages: 470
Language: English

Role of the Holy Spirit in Protestant Systematic Theology

A Comparative Study between Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann, and Wolfhart Pannenberg

£31.99

This volume is a meticulously researched text on pneumatology which puts the major pneumatological issues together without confining to the traditional way of dealing with the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Although pneumatology has been a neglected field in theological discussions of the past, there is a renewal of interest among theologians on pneumatology today. This renewal of interest has led to the formation of this work on the role of the Holy Spirit in the Protestant Systematic Theology. Through highlighting the role and significance of the Holy Spirit in the whole divine action, this volume contends that pneumatology is not a dull theological locus, but rather an essential theological disposition relevant for today. The detailed arguments found within challenge and inspire the contemporary pneumatological discussions as it relates to all the facets of theological reflection and action.

Author Bios

Wilson Varkey
(By)

Wilson Varkey hails from Kerala and is a licensed minister of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God. Varkey holds a bachelor’s in Economics (University of Calicut) B.D and M.Th (Senate of Serampore College through FTS Manakkala and UTC Bangalore), and Graduate Studies in Ecumenics (Bossey Institute, Geneva). He has completed Ph.D (University of Regensburg, Germany) with ‘Summa cum Laude.’ Fomerly worked as assistant professor of Systematic Theology in IPC Theological Seminary Kottayam and is married to Jeena, and blessed with two daughters Agnes and Ashley.

Endorsements

This is another classic on pneumatology, a remarkably well conducted research on its own kind by a young Pentecostal theologian, divulging the importance of pneumatology in systematic theology. This research contends that the discernment of the Spirit is not a dead issue of the past but rather it is very much alive giving responsible answers to humanity’s pressing needs in today’s context. This is worth reading.

Prof. Dr. Veli-Matti Karkkainen
Professor of Systematic Theology,
Fuller Theological Seminary


This volume is a meticulously researched text on pneumatology which does not confine itself to the traditional path but presents an innovative pneumatological paradigm which can be applied to today’s problems. This volume would definitely inspire many readers to consider anew the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as it relates to all the facets of theological reflection and action.

Prof. Dr. Hans Schwarz
Professor of Systematic Theology and Contemporary Issues,
Director of the Institute of Protestant Theology,
University of Regensburg


Wilson Varkey has done those researching the doctrine of the Holy Spirit a tremendous service by providing a comprehensive analysis of the roots of the so- called renaissance of pneumatology today, peering into the intricate details of not one, nor two, but three of the most important Protestant systematic and dogmatic theologians of the twentieth century – Barth, Moltmann, and Pannenberg. Herewith he has accomplished the impossible: identifying from whence the winds of the Spirit have blown and charting trajectories to where they are going. The theological academy is in his debt.

Prof. Dr. Amos Yong
J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology,
Director of PhD Program in Renewal Studies,
Regent University School of Divinity

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Chapter One
    1. Introduction
      1. 1. What is Pneumatology?
      2. 2. Why Pneumatology?
      3. 3. Statement of the Problem
      4. 4. Purpose of the Research
      5. 5. Methodology of the Research
      6. 6. Previous Researches
      7. 7. Structure of the Research
  4. Chapter Two
    1. A Paradigm Shift: Brief Survey of Reformer’s Pneumatology
      1. 1. Introduction
      2. 2. Reformation Defined
      3. 3. A Milieu to the New Paradigm
      4. 4. Pneumatology of the Right Wing Reformers
        1. 4.1 Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)
        2. 4.2 John Calvin (1509 – 1564)
      5. 5. Pneumatology of the Left Wing Reformers
        1. 5.1 Thomas Müntzer (1490 – 1525)
        2. 5.2 Menno Simons (c. 1496 – 1561)
        3. 5.3 Hans Denck (1500 – 1527)
        4. 5.4 Caspar von Schwenckfeld (1489 – 1561)
        5. 5.5 Sebastian Franck (1499 – 1542)
      6. 6. Summary
  5. Chapter Three
    1. Pneumatology of Karl Barth (1886 – 1968)
      1. 1. Introduction
      2. 2. The Sitz-im-Leben of Karl Barth
        1. 2.1 The Socio-cultural Setting
        2. 2.2 The Political Setting
        3. 2.3 The Philosophical Setting
        4. 2.4 The Theological Setting
      3. 3. Pneumatology of Karl Barth
        1. 3.1 Role of the Holy Spirit in Revelation
        2. 3.2 The Divinity of the Holy Spirit
        3. 3.3 Holy Spirit and Christology
        4. 3.4 Holy Spirit and Anthropology
        5. 3.5 Role of the Holy Spirit in Redemption
        6. 3.6 Holy Spirit and Ecclesiology
        7. 3.7 Word of God and the Holy Spirit
        8. 3.8 Holy Spirit and Eschatology
      4. 4. Summary
  6. Chapter Four
    1. Pneumatology of Jürgen Moltmann (1926 - )
      1. 1. Introduction
      2. 2. The Sitz-im-Leben of Jürgen Moltmann
        1. 2.1 The Socio-cultural Setting
        2. 2.2 The Political Setting
        3. 2.3 The Philosophical Setting
        4. 2.4 The Theological Setting
      3. 3. Pneumatology of Jürgen Moltmann
        1. 3.1 The Divinity of the Holy Spirit
        2. 3.2 The Personhood of the Holy Spirit
        3. 3.3 The Shape of the Spirit’s Personhood
        4. 3.4 The Trinitarian Personhood of the Holy Spirit
        5. 3.5 Holy Spirit and Christology
        6. 3.6 Holy Spirit and Anthropology
        7. 3.7 Holy Spirit and Redemption
        8. 3.8 Holy Spirit and Ecclesiology
        9. 3.9 Holy Spirit and Creation
        10. 3.10 Holy Spirit and Eschatology
      4. 4. Summary
  7. Chapter Five
    1. Pneumatology of Wolfhart Pannenberg (1928 - )
      1. 1. Introduction
      2. 2. The Sitz-Im-Leben of Wolfhart Pannenberg
        1. 2.1 The Socio-cultural Setting
        2. 2.2 The Political Setting
        3. 2.3 The Philosophical Setting
        4. 2.4 The Theological Setting
      3. 3. Pneumatology of Wolfhart Pannenberg
        1. 3.1 The Divinity of the Holy Spirit
        2. 3.2 Holy Spirit and the Doctrine of Trinity
        3. 3.3 The Holy Spirit and Christology
        4. 3.4 Holy Spirit and Anthropology
        5. 3.5 The Holy Spirit and Redemption
        6. 3.6 The Holy Spirit and Ecclesiology
        7. 3.7 Holy Spirit and Creation
        8. 3.8 Holy Spirit and Eschatology
      4. 4. Summary
  8. Chapter Six
    1. Come Creator Spirit: Towards A Theology of the Holy Spirit
      1. 1. Introduction
      2. 2. Pneumatological Approaches
      3. 3. A Comparison of Pneumatological Approaches
        1. 3.1 Spirit: Cinderella in the Trinity
        2. 3.2 Pneumatology Subordinate to Christology?
        3. 3.3 Significance of the Spirit and Its Role Today
        4. 3.4 The Christian Spirituality
        5. 3.5 The Spirit and Imagination in Human Beings
        6. 3.6 The Spirit, Ecumenism, and a Theology of Religions
        7. 3.7 The Spirit and a Renewed Eco-theology
        8. 3.8 The Spirit and Feminist Pneumatology
        9. 3.9 Science and Religion: A Dialogue in the Spirit
      4. 4. Summary
  9. Bibliography
  10. Index

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