Origen’s pneumatology greatly informs his theology of God, humanity’s participation with the Trinity, and his doctrine of the Scriptures. All in all, Origen found the Spirit to be at work throughout the Scriptures, and he sought participation with the Trinity through the Spirit—both for himself and for his hearers.
This week’s post breaks down Origen’s doctrine of the Holy Spirit into three categories. Next week’s post demonstrates how Origen’s pneumatology impacts a number of his key speculative doctrinal positions.
It is a tragic mistake to blame the Jewish people for the crucifixion of Jesus. True followers of Jesus are encouraged to speak out against this mistaken notion and oppose every expression of anti-Semitism.
In sum, Daniel Boyarin is a Jewish scholar who has allowed the literature of the Bible and Judaism to speak for itself, even though his conclusions are often opposed to traditional beliefs about Judaism and Christianity. The thirty pages of endnotes are an added bonus, and provide evidence of Boyarin’s careful research of this topic.
The main homiletical idea is the central point derived from exegeting the text. This main idea is what ties the sermon together. Whitefield’s employment of this principle is exemplified in a sermon he preaches on Genesis 3:15, where he announces to his hearers that he is going to tell them “good news” and show them how their first parents “came to stand in need of this promise, and what is the extent of the meaning.” In this and his other sermons, Whitefield was careful to make the main idea clear.