[Common Places] New Studies in Dogmatics: The Holy Spirit

Christopher Holmes on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

Zondervan Academic’s New Studies in Dogmatics series launches this fall with its first volume, Christopher Holmes’s The Holy Spirit, appearing in print this month. We will introduce readers to this work and engage with some of the doctrinal issues addressed therein over a series of four posts here at Common Places. In this first post, the author speaks to some of the germinal principles that shape his approach to the topic.


One of the reasons I wrote the book was to think through the matter of origins. Origins is one of the main concerns of Fourth Gospel. Jesus is repeatedly asked, “Where do you come from?” The question of origins is the question of antecedence, specifically the antecedent life of God. I wanted to think through why that life is important to describe in relation…

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[Common Places] New Studies in Dogmatics: The Holy Spirit

Christopher Holmes on 3 years ago. Tagged under ,.


So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

Psalm 63:3-4

I am grateful for the opportunity to have written The Holy Spirit. It was a wonderful learning exercise because it brought me face-to-face with important tracts of the Christian tradition to which I had become indifferent.

First, in the book I engage a great deal with the Fourth Gospel. The most metaphysical of the Gospels, the Gospel of John encourages us to consider the first principles of our Lord’s own person and the Spirit whom the Father sends in his name. Up until this study, I had embraced a rather negative view of the long and distinguished tradition of theological metaphysics in Christian theology. Caught as…

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