Power and the Spirit of God: Toward an Experience-Based Pneumatology

Paperback | September 29, 2008

byBernard Cook

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In this book the distinguished Roman Catholic theologian Bernard Cooke reassesses the long-standing Christian description of divine power. The word "power" evokes the spheres of economic, political, and social life. Cooke suggests, however, that the deepest questions about conflicting powersare theological and concern what Christians have traditionally referred to as "the Holy Spirit" and "salvation." He believes that the twentieth-century reappraisal of the theological view of power may represent the most radical paradigm shift to touch Christianity in eighteen hundred years. In present-day scholarly discussions of pneumatology (the theology of the Holy Spirit), there is widespread agreement that the traditional description of the Spirit of God as the third person of the trinity is both inadequate and misleading. Much more reflection on the notion of "spirit" as appliedto God is needed, says Cooke, and the use of the modern understanding of "person" in reference to God's Spirit must be challenged. Granted that, however, what would replace it? There is no ready answer, and ultimately one is faced with mystery. But greater insight into personal communication andrelationships, increased understanding of the function of symbols and rituals, and greater awareness of the sacramentality of creation and especially of believing Christian communities seem to open up new avenues of reflection. Cooke follows these paths in an attempt to frame an experience-based pneumatology, offering a phenomenological description of selected spheres of power-economic, political, social, personal-as arenas to perceive the agency of the Spirit

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In this book the distinguished Roman Catholic theologian Bernard Cooke reassesses the long-standing Christian description of divine power. The word "power" evokes the spheres of economic, political, and social life. Cooke suggests, however, that the deepest questions about conflicting powersare theological and concern what Christians ...

Bernard Cooke is Loyola Professor of Theology Emeritus at the College of the Holy Cross and currently teaches at the Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:September 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionIntroduction to Unit One: Power in the Public Arena1. The Basic Paradigm: Physical (Violent) Strength2. The Power of FearIntroduction to Unit Two3. The Power of Office4. The Power of Fame5. The Power of Law6. The Power of WealthIntroduction to Unit Three: Nature7. Power in Nature8. The Power of Creativity9. The Power of ImaginationIntroduction to Unit Four: Symbol10. The Power of Symbol/Word11. The Power of Thought12. The Power of RitualIntroduction to Unit Five: The Power of Love13. The Power of Eros14. The Power of LoveConclusion: The Divine Embrace