By: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
“I am honored to have Grace Ji-Sun, a noted constructive pneumatologist, endorse my new textbook, The Holy Spirit. Having worked in the area of pneumatology for some time and having taught the subject in different kinds of academic environments, I wanted to produce a primer useful to students, instructors, and interested laypersons. More than ten years ago I attempted such an introductory text and it has been widely used in theological schools.
However, when I look at that now, I can see that not only has the doctrine of the Holy Spirit gained new insights but also my own grasp of some key ideas has – hopefully! – deepened and widened (Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective, Baker Academic, 2002).
The current book, The Holy Spirit is an offshoot, as it were, of a larger work with which I spent some quality time few years ago, namely a collection of primary sources in pneumatology published by WJKP, titled Holy Spirit and Salvation: The Sources of Christian Theology in 2010. Preparing that collection gave me an opportunity to revisit and reconsider the whole wide pneumatological tradition in Christian theology, including some insights from current living faiths. I came out of that experience with a keen love for the Spirit and desire to learn more.
Here is a brief ‘official’ presentation of The Holy Spirit by the publisher: This volume in the Basic Guides to Christian Theology series presents a compact discussion of the Holy Spirit in Christian theology. Written by a leading expert on this doctrine, it begins with biblical perspectives on the Holy Spirit, and moves on to describe how the Spirit was understood through the major periods in the history of Christian thought, from the early church to the present. It is global in approach and considers contributions from theologians throughout the world. This brief volume provides an excellent overview of how the Holy Spirit has been and is currently understood in Christian theology.”