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Pneumatology and Theology of the Cross in the Preaching of Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt : The Holy Spirit Between Wittenberg and Azuza Street - Simeon Zahl

Pneumatology and Theology of the Cross in the Preaching of Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

The Holy Spirit Between Wittenberg and Azuza Street

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780567645913
Number Of Pages: 224

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This is a study on the pneumatology of the German theologian Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt. This book identifies the impasse between classical Protestant and contemporary charismatic and Pentecostal pneumatologies as a fundamental theological problem. Its goal is to contribute a constructive pneumatological proposal for moving beyond this impasse, based on the resources of the theology of Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919). The disagreement is over the question of unmediated experience of the Holy Spirit. Luther's rejection of 'enthusiastic' pneumatologies on the basis of a narrow concept of the mediation of the Word and a pessimistic anthropology became Protestant orthodoxy. In relation to classical Protestantism, the primary theological distinctive of charismatic theology is its strong affirmation of unmediated experience of the Spirit in Christian life and worship. The Pentecostal movement's rapid growth in the past century has brought this difference to the fore. Christoph Blumhardt's theology, which integrates pessimistic anthropology and unmediated experience, is well-suited to exploring the impasse between the two theological traditions. "T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology" is a series of monographs in the field of Christian doctrine, with a particular focus on constructive engagement with major topics through historical analysis or contemporary restatement.

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'Cana bridge be found between classical Protestantism and charismaticPentecostalism, the most significant Christian movement in recent decades?Simeon Zahl persuasively argues Christoph Blumhardt's charismatic theology ofthe cross provides just such a bridge. An important book on a central andunresolved problem.' - Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale University Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, USA. --Miroslav Volf


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'Can a bridge be found between classical Protestantism and charismatic Pentecostalism, the most significant Christian movement in recent decades? Simeon Zahl persuasively argues Christoph Blumhardt's charismatic theology of the cross provides just such a bridge. An important book on a central and unresolved problem.' - Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale University Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, USA. --Sanford Lakoff

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Christoph Blumhardt and the Contemporary Pneumatological Impassep. 1
Introducing Christoph Friedrich Blumhardtp. 10
Blumhardt in Contextp. 13
Methodological Considerationsp. 23
The Shape of the Studyp. 29
"Die, So That Jesus May Live!": Christoph Blumhardt's Turn to Theology of the Cross, 1888-96p. 31
Preliminary Remarks I: Blumhardt's Critique of Academic Theologyp. 34
Preliminary Remarks II: Preaching as Theological Genrep. 35
Christoph Blumhardt's Theological Development to 1888p. 37
The "Sterbet" Wende, 1888p. 39
The Content of the "Sterbet" Theologyp. 40
Conclusion: "Dying," Theology of the Cross, and Empirical-Inductive Reasoningp. 57
Gedanken aus dem Reiche Gottes: Eschatology in Blumhardt's Theology, 1888-96p. 61
Blumhardt's Eschatological Frameworkp. 62
The Problem of Agency in Blumhardt's Thoughtp. 76
Underrealized Eschatologyp. 82
Schwärmerei? The Category of "Experience" in Blumhardt's Theology, 1888-96p. 85
Preliminary Observationsp. 87
Punctiliar "Experience" of God in Pietist Traditionsp. 88
Blumhardtian "Erlebnis" According to the Typologyp. 93
Was Christoph Blumhardt a "Schwärmer"?p. 104
Conclusion: Experience and the "Disappearance of Reality"p. 107
Blumhardt's Life and Thought, 1897-1919p. 111
Biographical Overview I: The Turn to Politics, 1897-1906p. 113
Theology to 1903p. 117
Biographical Overview II: Withdrawal from Politics and the Quiet Years, 1906-19p. 128
Theology from 1903-14p. 130
The First World War: Lonely Prophet in a Sea of "Enthusiasm"p. 137
Blumhardt's Pneumatology: Contributions and Critical Reflectionp. 143
An Overview of Blumhardt's Pneumatologyp. 144
Interpreting the Theology of Christoph Blumhardt: Contribution and Reflectionp. 152
Critical Reflections on Blumhardt's Thoughtp. 155
Blumhardt's Pneumatology in Dialogue: Contemporary Pentecostal Theology and Martin Lutherp. 158
Blumhardt and Pentecostal Theologyp. 159
Blumhardt and the Pneumatology of Martin Lutherp. 170
Beyond the Impasse: "Negative" Experience of the Holy Spirit in the Christian Lifep. 184
The Shape of "Negative" Experiencep. 187
The Limits of the Principlep. 188
Advantagesp. 190
Implications for Preaching, Pastoral Care, and Scripturep. 191
Conclusionp. 194
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780567645913
ISBN-10: 0567645916
Series: T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1