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On not being spirited away: pneumatology and critical presence

McDowell, John C. (2014) On not being spirited away: pneumatology and critical presence. In: Ecumenical Perspectives on the Filioque for the 21st Century. Bloomsbury, London, NY, Sydney, New Delhi, pp. 167-184. ISBN 9780567500724

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'Christian theology', Vladimir Lossky observes, 'does not know of an abstract divinity'. By this one can read 'no doctrine of God abstracted from the rich sets of traditions that provide a context for the form of such a confession', traditions that shape reason doxologically to witness to the incomprehensible 'plentitude of being'. Sounding like Pascal he declares that 'the God of the philosophers and savants is introduced into the heart of the Living God, taking the place of the Deus absconditus, qui posuit tenebras labitulum suum'. Consequently, what Christian dogmatics speaks of as the 'Holy Spirit' cannot be conceived as the Spirit of such an abstracted God, but of the God who 'descends' in 'the divine person of Christ [who] makes human persons capable of an ascent in the Holy Spirit'.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: theology; Christianity; philosophy; Holy Spirit
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 03:34
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2018 00:33
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2026

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