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By Bradford E. Hinze, D. Lyle Dabney

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, Come, Holy Spirit, is an invocation that has echoed down throughout the centuries as Christians have recalled, celebrated, and expected the appearance of the Spirit-not purely that of the good ceremonial dinner of Pentecost, but additionally within the numerous areas and instances within which God has breathed the Spirit anew into the heritage of God's humans and the background of God's international. This selection of essays seeks to attract cognizance to that fab number of advents of the Spirit, and by way of so doing to provide an orientation for students and scholars alike to the examine of Pneumatology, the disciplined mirrored image at the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit. those essays have been initially ready for a symposium on Pneumatology that was once held at Marquette collage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 17-19, 1998. the gang of overseas and ecumenical students that convened for this event-historians, biblical exegetes, philosophers and systematicians-were invited either due to their recognition of their respective fields in addition to their widely known contributions to the examine of this doctrine. Their collective mandate was once to enquire the manifestations of the Spirit as those are being taken care of within the a number of theological disciplines. From the start, hence, the purpose used to be to supply a collection of papers that might function a good creation to the present kingdom of analysis into Pneumatology.

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No one is attempting to impose a unified doctrine of the Spirit on the various advents of the Spirit. No Hegelian idealist model of Spirit is adopted that advances identity at the expense of difference. , about Montanism, office and charism, spirit and institution, in a new light. These scholars share a commitment to listen to and learn the various idioms of the Spirit. This requires cultivating an appreciation of the differences of individual texts and traditions in their context, but also a willingness to learn from the various symbolic languages of the Spirit (metaphors, images, and gestures).

In Luke 11 the disciples observe Jesus praying and ask him to teach them how to pray. He gives them the Lord’s prayer. But his response to their inquiry does not end there. He gives them additional advice about perseverance in prayer, with a final encouragement to ask with the assurance of receiving, and then, “If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more with the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11:13). The gift of the Holy Spirit is the ultimate answer to the disciples’ request to learn how to pray as Jesus prays.

The later separation of confirmation from baptism may also have led to relegating the primary role of the Holy Spirit to the later sacrament. One could argue, of course, that the baptism of Jesus points to his death and resurrection as its fulfillment, but it is undeniable that the death-resurrection model tends to diminish the role of the Holy Spirit, who does not appear in the Romans text used as the primary grounding for the liturgical catechesis. The Syrian church, however, continued to consider the baptism of Jesus so important that it was included as an article of the creed.

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