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Palgrave Macmillan

Interdisciplinary and Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-Filled World

Loosing the Spirits

ISBN 9781137268983
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This volume presents interdisciplinary, intercultural, and interreligious approaches exploring a pneumatological theology in its broadest sense, especially in attempting to conceive of a spirit-filled world. The authors seek to discern the spiritual dimensions in the wider domains of the history, culture, the polis, the cosmos, sciences, and religions. The essays are driven by an intuition: that pneumatological sensibilities, categories, and insights can both inform the construction of a more robust doctrine of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the world and enable the appreciation that we inhabit what can rightly be called a Spirit- and spirit-filled world.

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen is Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and Docent of Ecumenics, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Kirsteen Kim is Professor of Theology and World Christianity at Leeds Trinity University College, UK

Amos Yong is Professor of Theology & Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA.

Introduction: On Binding, amd Loosing, the Spirits: Navigating amd Engaging a Spirit-Filled World; Amos Yong
1. The Spirit-world of the Bible: The Ambiguity of Inspiration and the Discernment the Spirits in Biblical and Early Jewish Traditions; John R. Levison 
2. Spirit and Spirits in Christian Theological Traditions; Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
3. Speaking to the Wind: Spirits in African Traditional Religion; J. Kwabena Asamaoh-Gyadu
4. Spirits and Shintoism; Naoki Inoue
5. Spirits in History; Patrick Oden
6. A Pluralistic Pneumatology of the Arts; Robert K. Johnston
7. Pneuma-kinesis and Stephen King: Beyond Psychokinetics in Parapsychology; Donnie W. Staggs
8. Zeitgeist: Spirit and Spirits in Postmodern Life; Emma Ineson
9. Spirits of the Political; Sebastian Kim
10. Spirits and Economics; Nimi Wariboko
11. Talking Back, Acting Up: Wrestling with Spirits in Social Bodies; Bradford E. Hinze 
12. Driving Out Demons? Looking at Spirits in Inter-religious Encounter thru the Lens of Deliverance Ministry and Theology; Tony Richie 
13. The Spirit in Evolution and Nature; Philip Clayton
14. Green and Chiological Pneumatologies: Nature, Ch'i, and Spirit; Koo Dong Yun
15. Christian Animism, Green Spirit Theology, and the Global Crisis today; Mark I. Wallace 
16. Vector Fields as the Spirit's Empirical Correlate: The Ubiquity of the Work of the Holy Spirit and the Logos; Erwin Morales
17. Spirits and the Stars: A Spirit-Filled Cosmology?; David Bradnick 
Conclusion: The Holy Spirit in a Spirit-filled World; Kirsteen Kim

John R. Levison, Seattle Pacific University, USA
J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon. Accra, Ghana
Naoki Inoue, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA
Patrick Oden, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA
Robert K. Johnston, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA
Donnie W. Staggs, Regent University, USA
Emma Ineson, Trinity Theological College, UK
Sebastian Kim, St John University, UK
Nimi Wariboko, Andover Newton Theological School, USA
Bradford E. Hinze, Fordham University, USA
Tony Richie, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, USA
Philip Clayton, Claremont School Of Theology, USA
Koo Dong Yun, Bethany University, USA
Mark I. Wallace, Swarthmore College, USA
Erwin Morales, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA
David Bradnick, Regent University School Of Divinity, USA


"The widespread belief that we inhabit a world of spiritual as well as material forces is too important to be dismissed or ignored by intellectual elites. Finally, here is an excellent guide that addresses this topic from a variety of disciplinary, religious, and cultural perspectives." - Frank D. Macchia, professor of Christian Theology, Vanguard University, US"If you think you know pneumatology, think again! In this diverse – and I mean, DIVERSE – set of writings, the work of the Spirit takes a wide array of forms. The result is a book that pushes boundaries, and sometimes the boundaries seem to disappear altogether." - Thomas Jay Oord, Professor, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho, US"Serious academic discussions of spirit(s) are few and far between. With the advent of this volume, the conversation has been taken to a whole new level. A robust series of engagements. Wide-ranging in its considerations and richly interdisciplinary.' - Paul Rhodes Eddy, Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies, Bethel University, US"This courageous book is inspirational, imaginative and renewing as it moves, empowers, and transforms us to reimagine a spirit-filled world. It collects diverse voices from around the globe to prophetically proclaim new dimensions of the spirit. The authors push boundaries, create new ways of seeing, suggest bold ideas, and make room for creative growth and vision. The writing is provocative, innovative, and challenging as it provides hope for a broken and divided world by inviting new dialogue partners, working towards including others, and embracing those who are different from us.' - Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology, Moravian Theological Seminary, US, Author of Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit, and Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other.
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