PneumatologyCritical reflection on how the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology) doctrine relates to one or more developments in Christian faith and commitment in recent decades, drawing, for example, from...
Critical reflection on how the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology) doctrine relates to one or more developments in Christian faith and commitment in recent decades, drawing, for example, from feminist theology, liberation theology, African and/or Black theology, or 'Historical Jesus' scholarship.
One expression of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in early Black Theology, as expressed by James Cone in an interview in 1971, connects the Holy Spirit with the purpose of God as it was expressed in the person of Jesus Christ. Cone asserts that the presence of the Holy Spirit today establishes "God's affirmation" of humankind's innate and interrelated "common humanity in freedom": the Holy Spirit inspires the shared experience of freedom and oppression so that if one people is oppressed, free people ought to respond to the urgings of the Holy Spirit to unite with the oppressed until freedom is theirs as well.
A key aspect of Pneumatology is the fact that the divine Trinity is in relationship with one another. This community aspect of God is incredibly important, as is the fact that Christians believe that God in the form of the Holy Spirit dwells in all of us. Therefore, distinct theological strands such as black theology and liberation theology take as their premise the idea that, just as God dwells in harmony and community, we should be seeking to dwell in harmony and community to. This leads to the natural goal of erasing barriers that prevent peaceful coexistence, such as poverty and racism.
From what I understand of Pneumatology, this is the study of the Holy Spirit and the interactions between the Holy Spirit and mankind. There are four aspects of study regarding Pneumatology in the Christian faith: the Patristics period, the Medieval period, the Reformation period, and the Contemporary period. Each period examines the Holy Spirit in different ways (relationships between the Spirit and mankind, the Spirit and society, The Spirit and Christ, or the powers of the Spirit).
From the word itself, it means the study of the Holy Spirit.(from the greek pneuma -spirit and onlogy-study). In theology, it is the study of the person of the Holy Spirit, its relationship with the other persons of the Divine trinity and its impact in our world. As in 1Cor.12:3 "No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit," we are open to the Spirit's work in the different cultures and times. It is the Spirit that implants the 'seed of the Word' in every people and culture and makes manifest the boundless works of the Father and the Son in the sight of every peoples.