The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective

by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Author)VELI-MATTI KARKKAINEN (Author)
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This revised and updated review of pneumatology in global perspective offers a biblical, historical, and theological assessment of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The second edition accounts for major developments in theology over the past decade and includes added coverage of interfaith issues.

Praise for the First Edition

"Pneumatology is the most comprehensive yet succinct introductory text on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit on the market today. It covers a tremendous amount of ground and does not miss much of importance in reflection on the Holy Spirit in the last two generations. Readers will come away with their appetite whetted for more in-depth study on this topic. Even seasoned theologians would be well-advised to look at Kärkkäinen's text to ensure that they do not overlook important resources for reflection and engagement. Here is evangelical theologizing on pneumatology at its best: ecumenical, engaged, aware, and alert."
--Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Allows for a plurality of pneumatologies to emerge over the course of six chapters. Voices as disparate as African, feminist, Pentecostal, John Zizioulas, and Karl Rahner are heard. . . . The book serves as a valuable contribution to the field and should be considered for any course in its subject matter."
--Dale M. Coulter, Religious Studies Review

"Kärkkäinen has authored an excellent survey of contemporary reflection on the theology of the Holy Spirit. His book provides a map of the discipline charted by a seasoned traveler and, as such, will be an asset to students embarking on the study of pneumatology. Even advanced students and professionals in the field may find helpful references in these pages. The book is clear and succinct without being simplistic, a notable accomplishment for surveys of this sort."
--Elizabeth Groppe, Theological Studies

"In a comprehensive yet succinct introductory text on pneumatology, Kärkkäinen describes the recent global and ecumenical interest in a theology of the Holy Spirit as a 'pneumatological renaissance.' . . . This slim volume will be of value for theologians and students keenly interested in pneumatology."
--Mark Medley, Interpretation

"A useful introduction to the wide-ranging discussion on the Holy Spirit in contemporary theology. . . . This is a very useful primer, a resource for further study and exploration."
--John Bolt, Calvin Theological Journal


Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Author

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (DrTheol, University of Helsinki) is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he has taught for over fifteen years. He is also docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. A prolific writer, Kärkkäinen has authored or edited numerous books, including Christology, The Doctrine of God, and A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, a five-volume project that aims to develop a new approach to and method of doing Christian theology.

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