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Power and the Spirit of GodToward an Experience-Based Pneumatology$
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Bernard Cooke

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174518.001.0001

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The Power of Thought

The Power of Thought

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Power and the Spirit of God

Bernard Cooke

Oxford University Press

Thought lies behind the power of symbols to communicate understandings and influence actions. Ideas have consequences. Influence of ideologies and communications media on culture. The central role of education, assisted by the arts, in development of people's understandings and outlook; consequent authority of teachers and artists. Religious understandings are rooted in divine revelation that comes from Spirit's empowerment of prophets. Revelation is a continuing process that occurs in humans’ ongoing experience. Relation of official teaching to canonical texts and rituals and critical scholarship. Christian belief in special power of ‘the Spirit of truth’.

Keywords:   communications media, ideology, teaching, prophet, revelation, truth

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