- By Clark H. Pinnock

Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit

  • Title: Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit
  • Author: Clark H. Pinnock
  • ISBN: 9780830815906
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Flame of Love A Theology of the Holy Spirit A Christianity Today Book of the Year In what may be regarded as his magnum opus Clark Pinnock here turns attention to the vital Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit Writing out of wide learnin

    A 1997 Christianity Today Book of the Year In what may be regarded as his magnum opus, Clark Pinnock here turns attention to the vital Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit Writing out of wide learning and deep personal passion, he shows us the way to restore the oft neglected Spirit to centrality in the life and witness of the church Pinnock explores the doctrine of theA 1997 Christianity Today Book of the Year In what may be regarded as his magnum opus, Clark Pinnock here turns attention to the vital Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit Writing out of wide learning and deep personal passion, he shows us the way to restore the oft neglected Spirit to centrality in the life and witness of the church Pinnock explores the doctrine of the Spirit in relation to other key doctrines such as the Trinity, creation, Christology and the church Never one to duck the difficult or sensitive questions, he also examines issues of the Spirit s universality, gender language for the Spirit, and charismatic gifts Pinnock intends his book to be catholic in the sense of respecting the beliefs and worship of the historic church and evangelical drawing particularly on the heritage of the Reformation Always in sight is the mission of the church, for people want to meet the real and living God and will not be satisfied with a religion that only preaches and moralizes He concludes, Only by attending to the Spirit can we move beyond sterile rationalist religion in the direction of recovering the sense of intimacy and immediacy for which our generation and every generation longs.

    1 thought on “Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit

    1. I liked this book, but it did get a little difficult after the first few chapters. It IS the go to book on the theology of the Holy Spirit. But if you are expecting it to be primarily a Pentecostal treatise, you may be disappointed although it does have some excellent quotes in there

    2. This book, deep in theology, helped to open me to new ways of relating to the holy spirit. It is also rich in theology that is free from denominational and traditional shortcomings - it provides a better understanding of some theological concepts by reminding us that we sometimes overemphasize certain aspects and underemphasize others. Pinnock draws on Eastern Orthodoxy to show some shortcomings in Western Christian theology.

    3. This is actually a very good book! I was surprised! Truly so. I know, I know, he's out there, many call him a "heretic" and I certainly don't agree with a lot of what he has written, especially in the last decade and a half, but truly, have you read this book? Even where I would flat out disagree with him, I sense a genuine humility in what he communicates and even in that disagreement, I am edified, and pushed further into my reliance on the Spirit of God and His life (and my shared life in Chr [...]

    4. Really, really great book on "the Cinderella of the Holy Trinity". I especially appreciated Pinnock's perspective on how a recognition of the Spirit should impact our attitude toward creation, other religions, and intimacy with God. Likewise, he has a deep value for the unity of the church, and as such used and affirmed Pentecostal, Mainline, Evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox beliefs. Some beautiful thoughts and ideas well worth contemplating.

    5. Short Review: This is the best theology of the Holy Spirit that I have read. Admittedly I have only read a couple. The chapter on the Trinity was excellent. The early chapters are very good, and not controversial. The later chapters are a bit more detailed and more controversial. This was still a very good book, even if some (primarily Reformed) will not like the later chapters.Full review on my blog at bookwi/flame-of-love-a-

    6. Pinnock does an outstanding job of describing the person of the Holy Spirit, the relationship of the Trinity, and the role of Spirit in creation, the church, and the believer. Drawing from Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical thought, Pinnock provides a rich theology of the Spirit, challenging some of the more rigid and restrictive views common in much of the evangelical world.

    7. Liked his take on the Spirit in the Church until the final chapter. The final chapter is loaded with bias and error. If that chapter were not so bad I would have gave higher stars.

    8. This book has helped me tremendously. While I do not agree with ALL of his views, his writings have been an invaluable help to me in the development of my theology.

    9. If there was one book that best presents a theological, scholarly, and charismatic view on the Holy Spirit, this is it. A great book by a great author.

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