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The Holy Spirit: Works & Gifts (Bloesch, Donald G., Christian Foundations.) [Hardcover]

By Donald G. Bloesch (Author)
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Pages   415
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.29" Width: 6.33" Height: 1.44"
Weight:   1.78 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830814159  
EAN  9780830814152  

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In The Holy Spirit: Works & Gifts Donald Bloesch aptly brings his grasp of historical and systematic theology together with his deep concern for spirituality. The fruit of a lifetime of study and devotion, this work masterfully interweaves biblical study, historical overviews, and reflection on contemporary developments and issues to shed light on faith in God the Holy Spirit. On a topic that sadly threatens to divide the church, Bloesch strives to build bridges between the various traditions of Christian faith, especially between Reformed theology and the Pentecostal movement.

Building on the inaugural volume of this series, A Theology of Word & Spirit, Bloesch guards against the equal dangers of a subjective spiritualism and a cold formalism. He speaks out of the perspective of the Protestant Reformation with its emphasis on the complementarity of Word and Spirit and the priority of grace over works. But he also acknowledges the Pentecostal perception that the work of the Spirit involves empowering for witness as well as sealing for salvation. Bloesch likewise finds truth in the mystical tradition of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy that the Spirit calls us to holiness of life as well as to a decision of faith.

This wide-ranging and in-depth reflection on the presence, reality and ministry of the Holy Spirit serves as a landmark guide to those seeking a faithful theological understanding of the Holy Spirit as well as those searching for a renewing and empowering hope for the church of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit is the fifth volume of Donald Bloesch's comprehensive seven-volume systematic theology, Christian Foundations. Also available are the first four volumes in the series: A Theology of Word & Spirit, Holy Scripture, God the Almighty and Jesus Christ. The last two volumes will examine the church and the sacraments, and eschatology.

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Donald G. Bloesch (1928 2010) was a noted American evangelical theologian. From 1957 until his retirement in 1992, he was a professor of theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, where he continued as a professor emeritus. For more than forty years, he published scholarly yet accessible works that generally defend traditional Protestant beliefs and practices while seeking to remain in the mainstream of modern Protestant theological thought. He characterized himself a progressive evangelical or Ecumenical orthodox, criticizing the excesses of both the theological left and right. Bloesch s pietistic background and personal spiritual life lay at the heart of understanding his theology.


Donald G. Bloesch was born in 1928 and died in 2010.

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Good, but not Great  Apr 16, 2001
This book is the fifth of a projected seven volume systematic theology by Prof. Donald Bloesch. Like the other works in this series, it is written from a Protestant position that is largely influenced (although not controlled by) Reformed thought. Also, it continues Prof. Bloesch's irenic approach to the topic at hand. The book is dedicated to the memory of John Wesley (an Arminian) and George Whitefield (a Calvinist). The most surprising aspect of the book is how open Prof. Bloesch is to the pentecostal/charismatic movement. He rejects the view that some or all of the gifts of the spirit detailed in the New Testament were limited to the apostolic age. On the other hand, he rejects pentecostalism's emphasis on the "second blessing" and miracles and instead teaches a more Reformed approach to Christian living.

There is much to commend about this work. A large part of it consists of Prof. Bloesch's discussion of, and interaction with, numerous theological traditions. So, from Puritanism to Pietism, and Mormonism to Spiritism, you get a comprehensive discussion of various viewpoints on the Holy Spirit, as well as Prof. Bloesch's opinion of them. This is also the principal weakness of the book. It is to a large extent Prof. Bloesch's interaction with various theologians and schools. Prof. Bloesch does not ignore the Biblical data, but it unfortunately takes second place to the historical and theological discussions. There is a general background study of both testaments, and fairly detailed exegesis of a few pertinent biblical passages, but I would prefer more. This is particularly important in understanding pentecostalism. For example, basic to one's opinion of pentecostalism is just what happened at Pentecost - what were the "other tongues" that are mentioned in Acts 2 and what is their relation to the tongues at Corinith? Are they the same or different? Do both describe speaking human languages? If that's the case, then most of what goes on in pentecostal "tongue speaking" isn't biblical. In addition, what is wrong about the arguments that have convinced most theologians -- particularly those of Prof. Bloesch's Reformed tradition -- that the more spectacular gifts mentioned in the New Testament were of limited duration? Prof. Bloesch "glosses over" these issues.

History and Gifts of the Spirit  Feb 12, 2001
Another volume has been added to Donald Bloesch's growing Systematic Theology. As the title indicates this work presents Bloesch's view of the Spirit and, for those who have read his works, emphasizes his reformed position. Bloesch continues to show his ability at understanding many viewpoints from numerous positions within the Christian tradition. He is extremely well read and touches base with main stream, obscure and abherrant views. This work is up to date and will be a "must read" for students of the Bible and theology. However, this book is not up to par with the earlier in his series (search this site: Christian Foundations) since there is a great emphasis upon historical theology and a focus, almost an attraction, to the gifts of the Spirit. True, this is an area of needed discussion today but missing is a discussion on the role of the Spirit in prayer, meditation or the interpretation of Scripture, a large gap for this work. It is a great book, characteristically Bloesch and will be helpful to many, so recommended.

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