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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 Law

The Power of Law

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Power and the Spirit of God

Bernard Cooke

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Fame and good reputation have long been recognized as powerful forces of motivation. A person's good name and credibility can be enhanced or damaged by report or rumours; to so influence one's public esteem is to exert considerable power. Again, the power of propaganda has often been employed to influence public opinion and acceptance of a regime. Esteem of influential professional groups, such as clergy, doctors or lawyers, provides subtle power for members of those groups, provided they adhere to accepted norms of ‘respectability’. Special credibility attaches to those in ‘sacred’ offices or those with a reputation for sanctity.

Keywords:   credibility, fame, propaganda, reputation, respectability, sanctity

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