Date of Award
Master of Arts in Systematic Theology
School of Theology and 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). Graduate Papers/Theses. 882.
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