The Holy Spirit

Michael Welker

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Holy Spirit

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The doctrine of the Spirit was generally on the margins of earlier twentieth-century systematic theology. In the last half-century, it has acquired renewed significance as a dimension of all Christian teaching. Accordingly, the reinvigoration of pneumatology is felt across the systematic corpus: in the doctrine of the Trinity; in Christology, where the pneumatological dimensions of the person and work of Christ have complemented incarnational teaching; or in ecclesiology and the theology of mission, where pneumatology expands and corrects theologies of the church structured around office and institution. This article reflects on the biblical basis and on some of the fruits of these various theologies of the Spirit, especially in the areas of the nature of human community, the personhood of the Spirit, and the relation of the Spirit to ecstatic experience.

Keywords: Christian teaching; systematic theology; pneumatology; ecstatic experience; Christology; incarnation

Article.  5735 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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