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Juan De Ávila And His Ascetic Doctrine Of Union With The Holy Spirit

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This chapter discusses Juan De Ávilas doctrine of espirituación, or moral union with the Holy Spirit. Of particular interest is the way that he articulated the doctrine in reaction to prevailing notions of race and social status. In his sermons on the Holy Spirit, Ávila invites everyone in his audience to call upon the Holy Spirit and to experience its transforming presence. The term espirituación occurs in sermon thirty. Ávila’s doctrine of espirituación provides an important theological underpinning for his vision of renewal and moral reform. The chapter highlights two instances in which Ávila launches a stern indictment against the ordering of early-modern Spanish society. The first theme is that of early-modern forms of religious and racial marginalization, the second that of the problem of the concentration of wealth and power in early-modern Spain.

Keywords: early-modern Spanish society; espirituación; holy spirit; Juan De vila's doctrine



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