Love's resonance: A theology of human likeness to the Holy Spirit

by Lee, Maurice Yao-tze, Ph.D., YALE UNIVERSITY, 2007, 242 pages; 3267294


In order to clarify certain forms of traditional language about the agency of the Holy Spirit of God in human worship and human community, I first retrieve a notion of human "conformation" or "configuration" to the Holy Spirit advanced by Richard of St. Victor in the twelfth century and (independently) Robert Grosseteste in the thirteenth century, identifying and explicating the features of their accounts which are to be incorporated into my own. I then describe the Trinitarian person of the Holy Spirit, establishing that the Spirit receives his personal existence from the Father and the Son by glorifying them in their communion of generous love. Finally, I propose that the idea of "resonance" as used in scientific and engineering contexts, applied metaphorically to the relation of the Holy Spirit to human persons, shows how they are like the Spirit as they glorify God in the world, and highlights and integrates the responsive, dynamic, and communal aspects of the human turning to God and to others traditionally ascribed to the work of the Spirit.

AdviserMiroslav Volf
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3267294

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