Spirit Christology complements Logos Christology in the same way in which Christ and the Spirit are mutually constitutive. Or at least this should be the case. The history of Christian thought shows that Logos Christology has dominated, resulting in both an eclipse of Trinitarian doctrine and a diminution of pneumatology. Recently there have been calls to reclaim a theology of the Third Article in order to present a Trinitarian theology that is faithful to Scripture, the Great Tradition, and one that is existentially viable. While studies examine various aspects of Spirit Christology there has yet to appear a work that introduces the doctrine, examines the various mutually exclusive proposals, and offers a constructive trinitarian proposal. The present work does just this, introducing the constituent features of a Spirit Christology that is Trinitarian, orthodox, and contemporary. The current work proposes a model of Spirit Christology that complements rather than replaces Logos Christology and does so in a robustly Trinitarian framework. Within contemporary theology a pneumatically oriented approach to Christology is being advanced across denominational and traditional lines. Those wanting to navigate their way through the many competing proposals for a Third Article theology will find a comprehensive map here.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"This is an important and useful book. Many treatments of Spirit Christology evade not only the difficult questions, but also the intriguing pneumatological possibilities that a biblically-grounded Spirit Christology raises. Habets has neither evaded the questions nor missed the opportunities presented. Insightful, constructive, and at times daring, this study seeks to reassert the importance of 'third article theology' for the teaching, proclamation, and mission of the church." --Gary D. Badcock Huron University College
"The work of Myk Habets promises to put New Zealand back on the theological map. This volume not only accomplishes the recovery of Spirit Christology but does so by presenting the state-of-the-question across the spectrum of contemporary Christological debates and then showing how factoring in the Holy Spirit resolves the existing conundrums. Thus we have an excellent supplementary textbook for courses on Christology that at the same time sets forth a constructive theological proposal!" --Amos Yong Regent University School of Divinity
"After the initial emergence of Spirit Christology some three decades ago, various models from different perspectives have been proposed. In this comprehensive work by Myk Habets we now possess a definitive account of this new approach to the mystery of Christ and the Spirit that will stand as a classic in its own right. Habets advances the conversation with his own constructive proposal that garners biblical, historical, and systematic arguments in demonstration of the rich harvest that was once only a promise." --Ralph Del Colle Marquette University
Myk Habets lectures at Carey Baptist College, Auckland, New Zealand in Systematic Theology and has lectured in theology and ethics at the University of Otago and Laidlaw College. He is the Director of the R.J. Thompson Centre for Theological Studies and is on the faculty of Laidlaw Carey Graduate School. He has published articles in such journals as Scottish Journal of Theology, New Blackfriars, Irish Theological Quarterly, Journal of Pentecostal Theology, and American Theological Inquiry and is the author of Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance (2009).