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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 Love

The Power of Love

(p.165) 14 The Power of Love
Power and the Spirit of God

Bernard Cooke

Oxford University Press

Both scripture and Christian tradition identify the Spirit of God with divine love. While seldom linking love and friendship with power, humans have long thought of authentic love as a supreme good in human experience. However, ‘love’ has had quite different resonance in various contexts. Agapic love often joined to erotic attraction and revelatory of divine love and kenotic aspect of creation. Biblical link of Spirit/love/power with power of the divine word. Christian stress on fundamental role of love, on knowledge of the heart, in morality and spirituality. Love, human and divine, as ultimate power.

Keywords:   agapic, divine love, erotic, friendship, human love

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