Monday, March 20, 2006

Being Re-Appropriated by the Spirit

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. – St. Paul, Romans 8:11 [NRSV]

In the West, we think essentially in Christological categories, and then, in a second, non-constitutive moment, we decorate the already constructed system with pneumatological baubles, a little Spirit tinsel. – Killian McDonnell1

Why is God the Holy Spirit seemingly missing-in-action in the day-to-day life of many traditional denominations and theologies – a phenomenon Elizabeth Johnson refers to as “forgetting the spirit?"2

For more of my take on this matter, click here [pdf].

1 McDonnell, Kilian. “The Determinative Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.” Theology Today 39.2 (1982): 142.
2 Johnson, Elizabeth. She Who Is. New York: Herder & Herder, 2003, 128.

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1 comment:

  1. I read the longer piece (your pdf) and like what you have to say here -- but find your experience of the PCUSA more like mine of the past than my current take. I think you'd find a much greater awareness of the Spirit and acknowledgement of Him in the lives of those in the more evangelical PCUSA churches, like mine in Newport Beach California. Which seminary are you at?