The Spirit, the Affections, and the Christian Tradition

University of Notre Dame Pess
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This book explores the role of emotions and affections in the Christian tradition from historical and theological perspectives, especially related to the work of the Holy Spirit. Although historians and scholars from a range of traditions—including Wesleyan, Pentecostal, and Pietist—have engaged these issues, there has yet to be a sustained examination of the role of emotions and affectivity across the Christian tradition. By retrieving the complex discussion about affectivity in Christian tradition and bringing its many voices into dialogue within a contemporary ecumenical context, the contributors also point toward a number of new research trajectories. The essays underscore the need to understand the shift in Western views of emotion that began in the late eighteenth century. They also explore in detail the vocabulary of affectivity as it has developed in the Christian tradition. As part of this development, the contributors reveal the importance of pneumatology in Western as well as Eastern Christianity, calling into question the idea of a pneumatological deficit advanced by some constructive theologians and addressing the relationship between affectivity and the pedagogical strategies that enable persons to cooperate with the work of grace in the soul. Finally, several essays explore the relationship between the erotic, the ecstatic, and affectivity in religious belief. This volume will interest scholars and students of historical theology, of emotions in theology, and of Christian renewal or charismatic movements.
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About the author

Dale M. Coulter is associate professor of historical theology at Regent University.

Amos Yong is professor of theology and mission at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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University of Notre Dame Pess
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Oct 22, 2016
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Religion / Christian Rituals & Practice / Worship & Liturgy
Religion / Christian Theology / Pneumatology
Religion / Christianity / History
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""No one who cares about a theology that does justice to what the Bible tells us about the cosmic ministry of the Holy Spirit can afford to ignore this important work. Amos Yong's book itself displays the 'robust sense of discernment' that he asks all of us to exercise in our engagement with non-Christian religions."" --RICHARD J. MOUW, Fuller Theological Seminary ""Finally, a Spirit-based theology of religions that takes the Spirit seriously! Drawing on his Pentecostal roots, Yong offers guidelines for discerning the voice of the Spirit in other traditions-a voice that may call us to unexpected christological conclusions. This is truly a pioneering work that opens new theological paths but modestly recognizes that there is still much to explore."" --PAUL F. KNITTER, Xavier University ""Few areas in theology are as complex, controversial, and urgent as theology of religions. Amos Yong has advanced the discussion significantly with his creative and sophisticated proposal for a pneumatological theology of religions. While undoubtedly controversial, Yong's proposal frames the issues in fresh ways and suggests new options for an evangelical theology of religions."" --Harold Netland, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School ""With scholarly rigor and intellectual acumen, Yong's theology takes seriously and appreciatively the diversity of the work of the universal Spirit in the cultures and religious communities of the world. His position is fully evangelical but is richly informed by his Pentecostal roots and context. He sets this Pentecostal-evangelical theology of religions in the center of the ongoing discussion, not only among evangelicals, but also in the whole church."" --John B. Cobb Jr., Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate Schools ""An insightful theological reflection on the place of world religions within the broader framework of Christian theology. Yong provides a theological basis for everyday interaction with members of other religions and an understanding of other religious traditions in the providence of God. This is an excellent book that ought to be widely read and discussed."" --Irving Hexham, University of Calgary Amos Yong is Professor of Theology and Mission and Director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
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