International Conference Theology of the holy spirit: Personal experience and charismatic movements in contemporary churches

Країна: Румунія

Місто: Sibiu

Тези до: 01.09.2014

Дати: 12.11.14 — 15.10.14

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Організатори: St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute (Moscow, Russia) Institute of Ecumenical Research (Sibiu, Romania) DELM – Development of Ecumenical Leadership in Mission Network with the support of ICCO - Kerk in Actie (Utrecht, Netherlands)



The idea of the real indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the human person, stressed already in the New Testament, plays an important role in contemporary Christianity; it is especially explicit in Pentecostal churches but also in charismatic movements in many traditional churches. The emphasis is placed on the felt experience of the presence of the Spirit, with particular attention to certain charismas, connected to the event of Pentecost.

In contemporary culture much attention is given to individual perception and experience. This results within Christian churches in the question of many believers: "How can I experience the Christian message in my own life?" Pentecostal churches and charismatic movements are closely connected to this attitude, which seems to form the basis of their success. On the other hand, traditional churches treat this kind of experience with suspicion because they regard it as purely emotional and not in line with traditional church teaching. This does not mean however that the idea of personal experience of the Holy Spirit is absent from the teaching of traditional churches. Thus, the idea of the gaining of the Holy Spirit by each and every Christian during his/her life is central to the teaching of the Orthodox Church, although this is understood in a different way than in Pentecostal churches.

In the course of the Conference, it is intended to address the following questions:

  • How much room do traditional churches (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant) give to personal (religious) experience and experiences of the Spirit?
  • How do they relate to charismatic movements within their own churches and to Pentecostal churches? How do they perceive each other?
  • What does this mean for the theological vision of the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to reconcile traditional church teaching about the Holy Spirit and theosis with the experience of the Spirit in Pentecostalism and charismatic movements?

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