In The Holy Spirit as Space for the Living, George Evans recognizes the significance of the Spirit in pneumatology within the New Testament, emphasizing the Spirit's indwelling presence as a person. However, Evans notes that the functional aspect of the Spirit as the presence of God is often overlooked. The Spirit not only gives life (ruah) but also creates space for individuals to live and thrive. This spatial understanding suggests that the Spirit constructs a unique space for born-again believers to inhabit, leading to self-awareness and a transformed lifeworld.
Evans adopts a spatial hermeneutic, drawing inspiration from Jesus's encounter with Nicodemus, to explore different spatial productions and their connection to the experience of being reborn within the space of the Spirit. Through this approach, he develops a concept of Christian spatiality that expands our theological understanding and highlights space as a construct shaped by the Spirit. By considering the role of the Spirit in creating and shaping our lived experience, Evans unveils a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the Spirit and its impact on our spiritual journey.