Pneumatology and Prevenient Grace

Holy Spirit (Source: http://www.ngkerkas.co.za)

Holy Spirit (Source: http://www.ngkerkas.co.za)

Yesterday Craig L. Adams wrote a blog post titled Spirituality and the Spirit wherein he discussed the relationship between Christian pneumatology and the Wesleyan concept of Prevenient Grace. I recommend it. It brings to mind the writing of two scholars whose views have shaped my own: Amos Yong and John R. (Jack) Levison. Yong's Beyond the Impasse: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Religions and The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of a Global Theology both interact with pneumatology as it relates to God's presence among people who are not part of the Church. Levison's Filled with the Spirit and Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life both address the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the "spirit" indwelling all humans, the former from a historian's reading of early Jewish and Christian literature and the second from a theologian's perspective. Both of these scholar's works tie directly into the doctrine of prevenient grace.