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    As a boy, I grew up hearing about the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost Later on, the language was modernized to refer to the Holy Spirit but there was still something mysterious about this person of the Trinity And so it remains for many of us who functionally are binatarians We speak of Father and Son but have only the vaguest notions of the Holy Spirit.And so it was with some interest that I turned to this work by German theologian Jurgen Moltmann on the Holy Spirit, or in theological terms, pneumatology This volume is actually the fourth volume in Moltmann s systematic theology.The title of the book is significant Moltmann s key theme in this book is that the Holy Spirit is the spirit of life Moltmann is arguing not for spirituality but for vitality in our embodied lives, countering what he sees as Gnostic remnants in the theology and language of the church.Moltmann takes an approach different than some others He begins with our experience of the Spirit and moves to a theology of the Spirit rather than the other way round It is through the Holy Spirit that the immanent Triune God is experienced in our lives He looks at this in our experience, in the Old Testament and in the relationship of Christ and the Spirit One of the implications of the work of the Spirit is the presence of God in all things and in all of life There are no divides between spiritual and secular or material existence.The second part of this work is titled Life in the Spirit and explores the work in the Spirit in what is classically known as the Order of Salvation beginning with giving life to our mortal bodies and to liberating us from sin, in which he also engages Latin liberation theologies He explores the role of the Spirit in justification, distinguishing victims and perpetrators He considers the work of the Spirit in regeneration and its relation to justification, in sanctification and in the giving of gifts to the church which he would extend beyond the typical gift lists in scripture to all our talents and skills employed for God s purposes Finally, he explores the work of the Spirit in mystical experience.The third and last section of the book is titled The Fellowship of the Spirit He explores the relations within the Trinity and the implications of that Fellowship for the Spirit s work in making fellowship possible in the life of the church including discussions of intergenerational community, fellowship between the genders, and the relation of various action, self help, and other groups that may operate under the auspices of the church The concluding part of the work contains what one might most classically consider when thinking of the theology of the Holy Spirit Here Moltmann considers various metaphors for the Spirit and comes to his own definition of the Personhood of the Spirit within the Trinity The personhood of God the Holy Spirit is the loving, self communicating, out fanning, and out pouring presence of the eternal divine life of the triune God.He concludes the work with a discussion of the filioque clause added to Western versions of the Creed and a key factor in the schism between East and West He argues for the East here, that the clause is superfluous at best and unnecessarily subordinates the Spirit within the Trinity and ignores the reciprocity existing between Spirit and Son.A few comments on this book I most appreciated Moltmann s emphasis on the Holy Spirit s involvement in all of embodied life I agree with the need for a corrective to an over spiritualized, gnostic view of life that denies our bodily, material existence and the goodness in this At the same time, I wondered if Moltmann had moved from simply the immanence of God to a kind of Christian panentheism, God in all things language he uses at points.In addition, I do think it a challenge always in Trinitarian theology to discuss the nature of any of the persons , with all of the human associations of this language I sense this difficulty in Moltmann who moves between it and he in referencing the Holy Spirit I m left wondering, in Moltmann s definition of the Personhood of the Spirit and his uses of language whether he considers the Holy Spirit a person in the same way as Father and Son I read this work apart from the preceding three volumes in his systematic theology, or any of Moltmann s other works, which may place me at a disadvantage This is what comes of picking up a book in a bargain section of a used book store Still, if I were to make a recommendation, I would start with Basil the Great s, On the Holy Spirit, which is so helpful in understanding the development of the early church s understanding of the Holy Spirit and the Trinity.

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    Completely astounding.

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    Motlmann develops a holistic pneumatology that builds on his previous three systematic volumes 37 There is little doubt that he accomplishes a good deal toward this goal through focusing on an array of topics that cover the work of the Spirit in the life of individuals, communities, creation, and the cosmos, and ultimately concerning the personhood of the Spirit as a unique person that can only be understood in a Trinitarian manner Moltmann s methodology starts with experience and then moves to doctrine, a contrast the earlier European protestant dialectical theologies 17 This follows Rahner s idea that we cannot know the immanent Trinity without knowing the economic Trinity It is particularly apt concerning the Spirit since it is with her, in having been poured into our hearts and on all flesh, that we have the most intimate relationship and experience We could even take this a step further to say that our experience of the Spirit gives us insight into the whole of the Godhead Second, Moltmann uses a number of theological traditions as dialogue partners beyond his own protestant circles These traditions include Catholic and Orthodox as well as newer movements like feminist and liberation theology They give helpful lenses through which to view the various experiences of the Spirit filtered through different times and contexts Two other areas of Moltmann s work are worth noting First, Moltmann walks the fine line of upholding the unique personhood of the Spirit while not following into a kind of tritheism undermining the Trinity 290 We see this in his rejection of the filioque clause so that the Spirit is not denigrated to a lesser position in the Godhead 306 309 Where this bears the most fruit is in his ability to make unique statements about the Spirit alone which then speak to the Godhead through a pnuematological lens rather than always having to be filtered through a Christological lens Since it is truly a fine line, he opens himself up to criticism from either side Second, I was impressed by the way in which Moltmann both treated those charismata such as tongues and healing which have been reserved for renewal circles while also expanding the charismata and work of the Spirit beyond the gifts of 1 Cor 12 to the everyday charismata of the lived life 183 He also tries to take seriously when Acts 2 says that the Spirit has been poured out on all flesh 288 These are both areas that must be addressed and dialogued with in a Renewal theology of the Spirit Two areas where renewal work might add to Moltmann would be to place a greater emphasis on the work of the Spirit as portrayed by Luke as central to the pneumatological enterprise and a greater emphasis on the supernatural and radical nature of the Spirit to complement his everyday view.

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    Moltmann s a German Christian theologian who I both like and dislike Parts of his writing are beautiful, inspiring, and thought provoking Others are obscure and confusing, or simply too trinitarian for me I want to read his Theology of Hope.

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    Moltmann begins his book by criticizing Barth for constructing a false dichotomy between God s revelation and human experience How, he asks, are men and women supposed to be able to talk about a God of whom there is no human experience Maybe there can be human experience of God, but that does not mean human experience should guide theology, and that is what Moltmann seems to be doing in this book His reflections on the Holy Spirit are only partly guided by Scripture and tradition He dialogues with them, but the driving force seems to be social issues Now, I am no stranger to engaging social issues theologically, but because the social issues comprise the driving force, there is a lack of intentionality and method in the theology here He seems to just make assertions, with the help of this or that Bible verse, or this or that theologian Is he constructing a train of thought, or is he just going off of his own whims The assertions themselves are often insightful and compelling, but he repeats himself in almost every chapter, and the book as a whole lacks an orderliness that strikes me as wanting in sophistication and robustness Perhaps he would have done better to give the distinction between human experience and divine revelation a little credence.

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    My second read of SL and this book is still as good as ever It s great reading through Moltmann s work chronologically and seeing the development He rarely goes back on earlier positions, though he is constantly expanding his horizons to address different theological issues and reflect on them for a wide audience In SL, his earlier work in eschatology, divine suffering, and the doctrine of the Trinity remains an important foundation while he forays into new areas such as renewal, sanctification, Pentecostalism in short , and mysticism.Notably, there is not simply a single thesis that Moltmann wants to defend throughout the work The chapters can mostly be read in isolation from each other, if so desired, and I m guessing this reflects the genesis of the book in discrete lectures seminars Of course, it helps to read it through in case Moltmann presupposes something he had written about earlier in the work, but I don t think that s necessary either.

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    This is a tour de force wide ranging, rigorous, passionate and often poetic It s the fourth of Moltmann s systematic contributions , fitting beautifully into his broader theological horizon Moltmann s work is life affirming in the fullest sense, with the themes of freedom, community and God in solidarity with creation always present I particularly liked the chapter on mystical theology and his discussion of the Holy Spirit and God s Shekinah A book to return to again and again.

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    The majority of it was above my pay grade and some of it was probably over my head But I now know a lot about the Holy Spirit and appreciate that member of the Trinity so much.

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    Moltmann at his staggering best This is a book that needs to be read slowly, meditatively and prayerfully.

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    This book would get 5 stars for content This is a world class mind tackling a very difficult topic theology of the Holy Spirit The only reduction is for readability Needs to be read slowly to absorb Moreover, several 4 6 syllable words in succession does tend to slow down the reading naturally.

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Der Geist des Lebens summary pdf Der Geist des Lebens, summary chapter 2 Der Geist des Lebens, sparknotes Der Geist des Lebens, Der Geist des Lebens 0eaf763 Moltmann, The Foremost Protestant Theologian In The World Church Times , Brings His Characteristic Audacity To This Traditional Topic And Cuts To The Heart Of The Matter With A Simple Identification What We Experience Every Day As The Spirit Of Life Is The Spirit Of God Such Considerations Give Moltmann S Treatment Of The Different Aspects Of Life In Spirit A Verve And Vitality That Are Concrete And ExistentialVeteran Readers Will Find Here A Rich And Subtle Extension Of Moltmann S Trinitarian And Christological Works, Even As He Makes Bold Use Of Key Insights From Feminist And Ecological Theologies, From Recent Attention To Embodiment, And From Charismatic Movements Newcomers Will Find A Fascinating Entree Into The Heart Of His Work The Transformative Potential Of The FutureMoltmann Develops A Theology Of The Holy Spirit That Links The Christian Community S Experience Of The Spirit To The Sanctification And Liberation Of Life He Brilliantly Displays The Ecological And Political Significance Of Christian Belief In The Trinity

  • Paperback
  • 380 pages
  • Der Geist des Lebens
  • Jürgen Moltmann
  • English
  • 11 July 2017
  • 9780800634247

About the Author: Jürgen Moltmann

J rgen Moltmann is a German Reformed theologian He is the 2000 recipient of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.Moltmann s Theology of Hope is a theological perspective with an eschatological foundation and focuses on the hope that the resurrection brings Through faith we are bound to Christ, and as such have the hope of the resurrected Christ Praise be to the God and Father of our