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Attitudes Toward The Spirit

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This chapter investigates the attitudes of the population towards the Spirit. It addresses the following questions: what are the attitudes of church members toward the Spirit, and what is the social location of these attitudes. It first examines the theoretical structure of the Spirit, and then presents the result of the analysis of the data based on the empirical investigation. Lastly, the chapter discusses the social location of these attitudes among the respondents. Recent trends in theology show two diverse forms of emphasizing the prior place of the indwelling and abiding of the Holy Spirit. One stresses the indwelling of the Spirit in the individual, while the other underscores the indwelling of the Spirit in the society. The chapter describes these two representatives of the Spirit: the individual-related Spirit, and the society-related Spirit, through six conceptual models.

Keywords: contemporary theology; Holy Spirit; individual-related Spirit; society-related Spirit



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