Definitions for pneumatologyˌnu məˈtɒl ə dʒi, ˌnyu-
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The study of spiritual beings and phenomena, especially the interactions between humans and God.
The study of the Holy Spirit as revealed in Scripture.
Origin: πνεῦμα (pneuma), "breath", and -logy.
the doctrine of, or a treatise on, air and other elastic fluids. See Pneumatics, 1
the science of spiritual being or phenomena of any description
Origin: [Pneumato- + -logy: cf. F. pneumatologie.]
In Christian theology pneumatology refers to the study of the Holy Spirit. Pneuma is Greek for "breath", which metaphorically describes a non-material being or influence. The English word comes from two Greek words: πνευμα and λογος. Pneumatology would normally include study of the person of the Holy Spirit, and the works of the Holy Spirit. This latter category would normally include Christian teachings on new birth, spiritual gifts, Spirit-baptism, sanctification, the inspiration of prophets, and the indwelling of the Holy Trinity. Different Christian denominations have different theological approaches. Church history contains four critical discussions that have served to progressively define Christian pneumatology: 1. Patristic period. The early Church engaged in a debate over the divinity of the Holy Spirit, with Arius asserting that the Son is a "creature" or "angel" and Athanasius countering that the Son possesses divine attributes. Although the debate is not pneumatological in nature, it led to a very similar debate between the Pneumatomachians and the Capadocian Fathers.
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