After the Spirit

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 26. juuli 2005 - 251 pages
"To think about the Spirit it will not do to think 'spiritually': to think about the Spirit you have to think materially," claims Eugene F. Rogers. The Holy Spirit, who in classical Christian discourse "pours out on all flesh," has tended in modern theology and worship to float free of bodies. The result of such disembodiment, contends Rogers, is that our talk about the Spirit has become flat and uninspiring. In "After the Spirit Rogers diagnoses a related gap in the revival of trinitarian theology, a mentality that "there's nothing the Spirit can do that the Son can't do better."

The Eastern Christian tradition, by contrast, has usually linked the Holy Spirit with holy places, holy people, and holy things. Weaving together a rich tapestry of sources from this tradition, Rogers locates the Spirit in the Gospel stories of the annunciation, Jesus' baptism, the transfiguration, and the resurrection. These stories offer illuminating glimpses into both the Spirit's connection with the tangible world and the Spirit's distinctive place in relation to the other persons of the Trinity.

Eight gorgeous color plates complement Rogers's witty and passionate prose.

 

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Contents

After the Body After the Spirit
1
Is There Nothing the Spirit Can Do That the Son Cant Do Better? or How the Spirit Puzzles a Trinitarian Revival
19
ii Florensky shrugs
23
iii How Barths love for Athanasius can cast out his fear of Schleiermacher
29
Is the Spirit Superfluous? or How the Spirit Does Economics
33
ii Bulgakov diagnoses the suspicion
40
iii How Feuerbach and Schmemann are what they eat
43
Where the Spirit Rests Matter and Narrative or How the Spirit Does Material Culture
45
Baptism
132
i The Spirit rests on the Son in the waters of the Jordan
132
ii The Spirit rests on the Son in the waters of creation
138
iii The Spirit rests on the Son in the Wilderness
153
iv The Spirit rests on the Son in reversing the Fall
158
Transfiguration
162
ii The Spirit rests on the Son in prayer in the Trinity
164
iii The Spirit rests on the Son in prayer in the liturgy
165

an excursus on Augustine
47
iii The narrative depicts the person
52
iv The Spirit befriends matter
55
v What the Spirit can do
60
Resurrection
75
ii The Spirit gives to Gentiles in the Son what Jews keep in the Messiah against supersessionism following Stowers
85
Annunciation
98
The Spirit favors the order of consummation over the order of redemption
104
iii The Spirit rests on the Son in the womb of the Father
111
iv The Spirit rests on the Son in the womb in Christs side
112
v The Spirit rests on the Son in the womb of the wine
115
iv The Spirit rests on the Son in the transfiguration of creation
169
v The Spirit rests on the Son in asceses of marriage love and friendship
173
hesychastic aspect
181
vii The Spirit rests on the Son in the habits of the law
183
Ascension and Pentecost
190
AboutFace
198
The Spirit rests on the Son in those who do not know how to pray
202
SOURCES CITED OR CONSULTED
213
INDEX OF NAMES AND SUBJECTS
234
INDEX OF SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
239
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Page 12 - How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
Page 12 - Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, "and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son;
Page 12 - If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.
Page 8 - I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets; And I believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

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