This was easy to read, and I commented to other while reading, I am surprised that a theological book could make me laugh. Flame of Love is refreshing. Why, well because sometimes you experience something, or you are aware of a practical aspect of life, but you do not have the theory to back up the practise. Clark Pinnock gives you the theory that helps to validate what you have already experienced.
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David Muthukumar S. S Background and Context: Clark H. Yet no story of evangelical theology in the 20th century is complete without the inclusion of his fascinating intellectual journey from quintessential evangelical apologist to anti- Augustinian theological reformist. He then presents salvation as union with God theosis that is possible by the empowering of the Spirit chapter five.
Kindle location In this book, Pinnock is generally attempting a systematic presentation from a pneumatological perspective by revisiting the concepts of Trinity, Creation, Christology, Atonement, Soteriology and Ecclesiology. Key arguments and claims: Pinnock uses St. Spirit is the life common to all and a Person with his own face and the center of distinctive actions.
Job , Ps Through the double mission of Son and Spirit in relation to creation — God creates and then perfects. The church is placed at the disposal of the Spirit and commissioned to serve the kingdom in the world. He wants to move away from being a mere exegetical exposition of doctrines to a historical and theological reflection.
In this endeavor, he is considering the historical, theological, philosophical, cultural and mystical aspects. He is trying to represent the Church in its catholicity by reflecting on the beliefs and practices of the Church through its history. His understanding of a non-deterministic world, based on the open theism, is a departure from the traditional theologizing.
He also attempts to stay within the evangelical tradition by holding onto the Reformation emphasis Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide. Also, one thing that stands out in this book is his incorporation of the charismatic movement by locating the Pentecostal experience as central to Christian faith.
Pinnock is employing the biblical, historical, philosophical and cultural understandings in order to emphasize the presence and function of the Holy Spirit in the economic Trinity. He prioritizes the history of the Spirit another Moltmannian emphasis over the history of Jesus and links the anointing of the Spirit on Jesus to the anointing of the community of believers Church on Pentecost.
Also an overemphasis on the Personhood of the Spirit seems to hint at a modalistic presentation which Pinnock is criticizing. The major impact of this book could be the incorporation of the charismatic experiences as essential to the Christian spiritual experience. Pinnock is emphasizing the event of Pentecost as equally important as the event of Resurrection and is linking it with the existence of the Church in the power of the Spirit. Overall, Pinnock is doing a commendable job in highlighting the role of the Spirit in the economy of salvation — anointing Jesus as Christ, pervading presence in creation, working in the Church toward final redemption of creation and also the Personhood of the Spirit in Trinity.
Questions for Discussion 1. Do you agree? How can the mainline churches assimilate the charismatic experiences charisms and their operation as Pinnock advocates, by overcoming the dichotomy between charisms that flow from liturgical actions from charisms that flow free of institutional structures? Related Papers.
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Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit