McIntyre’s work addresses one of the most difficult aspects of the doctrine—the heterogeneity of the biblical and traditional material from which it is derived—and points to the areas where the church must act to recover the sense of the immediacy of the Holy Spirit.
The book explores the nature, origins and development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, finding its many recurring expressions deriving on the one hand from Scripture, and on the other from tradition in the form of the doctrine of the Trinity. The biblical models are particularly apparent in the vigorous modern Pentecostalist and charismatic churches while the Greek and Latin Fathers provided a dominant series of Trinitarian models which recur in varying forms across the history of the doctrine of the Spirit, notably in Calvin and Barth.
John McIntyre considers whether the modern church has “betrayed” the insights, vision and experience of the New Testament church. He concludes by pointing to the areas in which the church must act if it is to recover the sense of the immediacy of the Spirit both in its corporate life and in the lives of individuals.
This book is also part of the Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)
- Title: The Shape of Pneumatology: Studies in the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
- Author: John McIntyre
- Publisher: T & T Clark
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 304
About John McIntyre
John McIntyre is Emeritus Professor of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.