Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Introduction and Dedication: Engaging the Spirit

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Introduction and Dedication: Engaging the Spirit

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For too long the Holy Spirit has tended to be either disregarded or the object of fanatical exclamation in the life of the Church, especially in western Christianity. However, in recent years there has been a renewal of interest in engaging the Spirit's presence and understanding the Spirit's activity. This calls for a discerning evaluation and exploration of pneumatology, the theology of the Spirit, so that we may grow in both experience and understanding of the Spirit. The essays in this collection give attention to many ways of the Spirit's life and activity-for salvation and healing, for making Christ present in our lives and in the Church, for empowering our prayers and liturgies, for our inspiration and gifting, for transformation of the way we live, for the redemption of the world and the ultimate coming of God's kingdom, for the unity of our relationships with each other and God. A variety of disciplines and perspectives are represented in this collection, but it is the one Spirit whom we seek to discern and describe. As we recognize the Spirit's activity in our traditions and doctrines, our prayers and liturgies, and in all aspects of the life we live, we may be better attuned to the leading of the Spirit into the future of faith and our life in God. …

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