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Power and the Spirit of God: Toward an Experience-Based Pneumatology

Bernard Cooke


Both the Hebrew Bible and Christian scriptures equate the Spirit of God with power. Power is a diverse phenomenon in human experience; several instances of power are examined here with the help of social scientific and psychological analysis. The book then relates the divine Spirit power to each of these instances of power: force and violence, fear, official and religious authority, law, wealth, images and symbols, language, teaching, sexuality, friendship and love. Finally, as a synthesizing metaphor to help gain insight into the divine outreach, i.e. the Spirit of God, the author uses the ex ... More

Keywords: authority, embrace, fear, force, Bible, love, metaphor, power, Spirit of God, symbol

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195174518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Cooke, author
College of the Holy Cross (Emeritus)