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Spirit and Salvation

Format: Digital
, 2016
ISBN: 9780802868565


The fourth installment in a wide and deep constructive theology for our time

This fourth volume in Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s ambitious five-volume systematic theology develops a constructive Christian pneumatology and soteriology in dialogue with the diverse global Christian tradition and with other major living faiths—Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

  • Presents a dynamic constructive Christian theology for the pluralistic world
  • Engages the present cultural and religious diversity in a way Christian theology has not done in the past
  • Covers topics including race, environment, ethnicity, inclusivity, violence, and colonialism

Part I: Spirit

  • Introduction: In Search of a Plural, Holistic Pneumatology
  • The Spirit of the Triune God
  • The Spirit in Creation
  • The Cosmic Spirit and Powers
  • Discerning the Holy Spirit among Religions
  • The Public Spirit and Solidarity of Others

Part II: Salvation

  • From Ordo Salutis to a Salutary Communion
  • Visions of “Salvation” and Liberation among Religions
  • The Divine Favor and Invitation for Eternal Fellowship
  • (Re-)Turning to God — and to the Neighbor
  • One with God: Rightwising, Renewal, and Integrity of Life
  • Healing, Restoration, and Empowerment
  • Reconciliation, Liberation, and Peacebuilding
  • Epilogue: The Faithfulness of God and the End of Human Yearning
Kärkkäinen’s systematic theology, while firmly rooted in the evangelical theological tradition, is wonderfully and warmly ecumenical, frankly Christian but still open to the insights and practices of other religious ways, and widely inclusive of Christian thinkers from all contexts and cultures. This is a new kind of theologizing, one done in a postmodern key yet remaining faithful to the treasures of our premodern and modern past. Kärkkäinen’s breadth of scholarship is amazing.

—Stephan Bevans, SVD, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

With awe and admiration readers of this comprehensive and lucid book will no doubt link its author’s name with Thomas, Calvin, Barth, Moltmann, and other theological luminaries. After the completion of Kärkkäinen’s five-volume project, theology will not be the same.

—Peter Phan, Georgetown University

Kärkkäinen’s engagement with a multiplicity of traditions is to be commended. . . . A valuable introduction to the major issues and arguments in pneumatology and soteriology.


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Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His other books include Christian Theology in the Pluralistic World and the five volumes of his ambitious constructive-theology project: Christ and Reconciliation, Trinity and Revelation, Creation and Humanity, Spirit and Salvation, and Hope and Community.