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Master of Arts in Systematic Theology
School of Theology • Seminary
Susan Wood, SCL
Helen Rolfson, OSF
Without denying the charismatic experiences so powerfully animating the Christian community today, I have challenged the traditional Pentecostal understanding which separates Spirit baptism from water baptism, and I argue instead for a view that joins the two in a single process of Christian initiation.
After reviewing the development of classical Pentecostal perspectives on Spirit baptism, I present three specific challenges arising first, from a survey of the New Testament witness, second, from a theological consideration of the unity of the Christ and the Spirit, and third, from a Roman Catholic understanding of the unity of baptism and confirmation. In light of these challenges, I argue for a view that links reception of the Holy Spirit to the single integrated process of Christian initiation, and finally, I note several implications which flow from this perspective
Coval, Andrew, "Spirit Baptism and Christian Initiation" (2002). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 882.
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