The Spirit and the Community: Pneumatology and Ecclesiology in Jenson, Hütter and Bonhoeffer

Michael Mawson

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This article explores how three Lutheran theologians have understood the relationship between the work of the Holy Spirit and the existing church. I argue that Robert Jenson and Reinhard Hütter both relate the Spirit to the church in ways that displace a full recognition of the church as sinful. In contrast, I suggest how Dietrich Bonhoeffer's early and neglected reflections on ecclesiology and pneumatology allow for just such a recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-468
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic Theology
Issue number4
Early online date5 Sep 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


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