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The Holy Spirit: Lord and Life-Giver (Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective) [Paperback]

By Ivan Satyavrata (Author)
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Pages   182
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2009
Publisher   IVP Academic
ISBN  0830833072  
EAN  9780830833078  

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Theologian Ivan Satyavrata believes that while there is much to celebrate in the more recent focus on the Holy Spirit and his workings after several centuries of relative neglect, there is a pressing need to relate our present experience of the Spirit to the teaching of God's Word. This is a task to which this book is devoted.

Table Of Contents Series Preface Preface 1. The Wind Blows Where It Wills The Spirit And Religious Experience 2. The Spirit And The Church The Spirit In The Life Of The Church 3. I Will Pour Out My Spirit The Spirit As The Fulfillment Of Promise 4. The Spirit Of The Living God The Spirit As God's Personal Presence 5. The Two Hands Of God The Spirit And The Trinity 6. The Spirit Of Truth The Spirit And The Word 7. Life In The Spirit The Spirit And Salvation In Christ 8. The Community Of The Spirit The Spirit And The Church 9. Keeping In Step With The Spirit The Spirit In The World Notes Bibliography

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Good Introduction to the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit from a Pentecostal Perspective...lacks "global" emphasis  Dec 12, 2009
This book is part of an IV Press series called "Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective", with John Stott as the consulting editor. I was excited about his role as consulting editor, given that I tend to agree with the sizable chunks of the theologies of the evangelical Anglican types (like J.I. Packer, Stott, NT Wright most notably).

Satyavrata is an Assemblies of God (AoG) pastor in India and president of Buntain Thoelogical College. AoG is a pentecostal denomination, and it is my current denomination, though I am not a pentecostal. They are kind of enough to keep me around.

So anyway, given the above, I expected that this would explain a bit about pneumatology (the doctrine of the Spirit) with a particular eye toward the Indian view of it. I expected this view to be a bit post-colonial - not sounding particularly Western in its orientation. And I expected it to be grounded in orthodoxy, given that Stott affixes his name to it.

While I can safely say that it is within the bounds of orthodoxy, I did not get a particularly "global perspective" with this book. What I mean in this: I didn't really learn much about how the Indian church, or the southeast Asian church with whom Satyavrata is in dialogue, orients itself toward the Holy Spirit. In the few instances that Satyavrata does interact with the "third world-view" (if you'll pardon my expression as such), it is to correct errors in it. This is helpful, since too often those who try to be sympathetic to the global church just agree wholesale with their interpretations of faith and worship. However, Satyavrata does not articulate a position that is particularly Eastern, global, or post-colonial. This could just as easily be written by an Anglo-American theologian.

I think if you are oriented toward a more "via media" (middle way) of looking at things (I use this in the place of ecumenical, since that can be too loaded), a sort of C.S. Lewis orthodoxy of "what basics can we all agree on?", then this book is a fantastic introduction if you want to learn more about the Holy Spirit. Satyavrata is anything but sectarian. In fact, one of the most useful chapters is a historical overview of the view of the Holy Spirit since the beginning of the church. This was massively helpful for me. It might be too general for some, but I think it is a good introduction for someone like me who generally does not have a lot of pneumatology under his belt.

Satyavrata also deals with the doctrine of the "baptism of the Holy Spirit" charitably.For those unfamiliar with this concept, here's my pathetic attempt at a definition: the baptism of the Holy Spirit is anevent, subsequent to regeneration, justification, and conversion (in whatever order you put these), in which the believer receives a greater outpouring of/blessing by the Holy Spirit. It is believed that this baptism is accompanied by spiritual gifts and tongues.

Some charismatics/pentecostals believe that one is not saved without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (an error), others believe that the Holy Spirit is not active in you unless you have this particular baptism (an error), others believe it is simply a greater and deeper experience of the Spirit (closer to truth). While the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an individual experience (in that each believer is individually gifted), it can occur corporately since it is an event. This is why missionaries in some countries tend to be more "charismatic", since (from their perspective) they have experienced events where thousands of believers at once are baptized with the Holy Spirit in a very Pentecost-like way. Satyavrata likens this Pentecostal distinctive to other historical understandings of the work of the Holy Spirit, such as the Roman Catholic notion of "confirmation" and the Puritan notion of the "sealing of the spirit".

Rather than looking at the content of the book, as I am, and saying "this doesn't seem particularly global", one could say that an introductory text devoted entirely to the Holy Spirit is in and of itself a testimony to the global mark upon Christendom. It is no secret that the third world is more open to a charismatic understanding of the Holy Spirit than the West, even if the third world can sometimes stray toward Unitarianism of the Holy Spirit. Traditionally, Protestant theologies have tended to give more space to christology, soteriology, and theology (doctrine of God proper) than pneumatology. There are of course significant outliers to that assertion (John Owen's work on communion with the Holy Spirit being one that comes to mind immediately). As such, one could benefit greatly from having this book on your shelf next to the Western systematics, christologies, etc. that tend to crowd the bookshelves of doctrine geeks.

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