In From Pentecost to the Triune God Steven Studebaker puts forth a provocative Pentecostal Trinitarian theology, arguing that the Holy Spirit completes the fellowship of the triune God and therefore shapes the identities of the Father and the Son.
The Holy Spirit, Studebaker maintains, is not simply a passive end-product of a procession from the Father and Son but, rather, a dynamic person who plays an active role in the Trinity and a constitutional, consummational role in the history of redemption.
In the course of his study, Studebaker shows the theological yield of the Pentecostal experience of the Holy Spirit and uncovers the biblical narratives of the Spirit from creation to Pentecost. A constructive and ecumenical contribution to Trinitarian theology, From Pentecost to the Triune God also engages major historical and contemporary figures such as Augustine, the Cappadocians, Weinandy, and Zizioulas, as well as representatives from the evangelical and charismatic traditions.
Finally, Studebaker applies his Pentecostal Trinitarian theology to the theology of religions and creation care, proposing that Christians embrace an inclusive posture toward people of other religious traditions and have an earth orientation that sees creation care as Christian formation.
Steven M. Studebaker is assistant professor of systematic and historical theology and holds the Howard and Shirley Bentall Chair in Evangelical Thought at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. His other books include Jonathan Edwards' Social Augustinian Trinitarianism in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives and The Trinitarian Vision of Jonathan Edwards and David Coffey.
Religious Studies Review
"In Pentecostal theology, this lucid, conversant, integrative, and constructive approach to the Spirit in the Trinity has no equal."
"The books prose is direct and engaging. Studebakers way of constructing the Trinity is accessible for nontheologians."
"For those interested in Trinitarian theology, particularly from evangelical and Reformed perspectives, this is an important work that deserves a wide readership. Its engagement with many current issues from a new perspective will stimulate further research. In many ways this work demonstrates a Pentecostal-charismatic theology that has come of age and demands a better hearing."
"Studebakers book needed to be written, and presents a truly worthwhile contribution to the Pentecostal task of articulating various theological concerns from a Pentecostal point of view."
"Begins the construction project of a theology that can act as a bridge, connecting theological traditions that have rarely spoken to one another during the past centuries."
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"Studebaker places Pentecostal pneumatology and Trinitarian theology in both historical and contemporary context, covering approaches to this theology in Eastern and Western, reformed evangelical, and charismatic traditions."
Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity
"For Pentecostals, Studebaker has provided a thorough exploration of an overlooked subject in Pentecostal pneumatology while also laying out an imitable pattern and method for how Pentecostal theology can bring insight into important theological issues. . . . In addition, Trinitarian theologians from all traditions will be challenged by Studebakers appeal to reconsider the passive and often ambiguous role assigned to the Spirit in the Trinity, which betrays the prominent role given to the Spirit of Pentecost in the biblical story of redemption."