In The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology Chad Gerber provides a valuable pneumatological overview of one of western Christianity’s greatest thinkers. Gerber highlights Augustine’s innovation and continuity with the broader patristic tradition by exploring Augustine’s earlier writings at Cassiciacum (386-387 C.E.) and moving through his Roman writings (387-388 C.E.) and Thagastan writings (389-391 C.E.). As the study progresses the reader gets a glimpse of how vast is the topic of Augustine’s pneumatology. Like a guide at a great historical site Gerber knows his way around the area extensively, leading his audience with clarity and insight. Pentecostal and charismatic readers will find three aspect of this work particularly rewarding. First, Gerber places Augustine’s pnetumatology within the context of its scriptural foundations. Examples abound of Augustine’s reception and expansion on biblical themes related to pneumatology. Second, the patristic heritage is referenced frequently, highlighting Augustine’s interaction with his theological predecessors and contemporaries. Third, data is analyzed within a rich theological framework providing language and concepts for the contemporary theologian to use in bringing Augustine’s voice to bear in the modern world. Pentecostal and charismatic readers should not expect to find information in this book about Augustine’s understanding of the charismata or
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2013
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