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The author of the book: Charles Williams
Language: English
ISBN: 1573830836
ISBN 13: 9781573830836
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Edition: Regent College Publishing
Date of issue: November 1st 1995
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The Descent of the Dove is an unconventional study of the Church as governed by the historical activity of the Holy Spirit. It's the most significant of Williams' theological writings.
"This book encapsulates Williams' view of the trajectory of church history. For Williams, church history has developed around a series of conflicts between opposing theological positions that threatened to tear the church apart. At each juncture, at which the church had the potential to reject some essential doctrine, a figure arose to reconcile the opposites & achieve continuing unity. (In more traditional theology, the Holy Spirit's primary role in the Xian life is to maintain unity, hence Williams' focus on the Holy Spirit in church history--the book is implicitly a history of Xian unity.) Williams suggests that these tensions are actually recurrences of one basic conflict within the church between the "Negative Way" (or the Way of Rejection) & the "Affirmative Way." Theologians will associate these ways with the apophatic & cataphatic traditions, respectively. Williams argues that these two strains of theology, while always in tension throughout church history, aren't only reconcilable, but necessary for the full flourishing of the church's life. Altho the book is quite short, it isn't a popular history of Xianity. Williams' book is a thesis-driven supplement for those who already know the outline of church history but who want insight into it, or for those who once studied church history but have forgotten it. But the book isn't a scholarly treatment of church history; it's neither comprehensive nor densely written, as a scholarly book would be. It's rather an insightful analysis of the resilience of Xian faith."--S. Schuler

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Ebook The Descent of the Dove: A Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church read Online! Charles Walter Stansby Williams is probably best known, to those who have heard of him, as a leading member (albeit for a short time) of the Oxford literary group, the "Inklings", whose chief figures were C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. He was, however, a figure of enormous interest in his own right: a prolific author of plays, fantasy novels (strikingly different in kind from those of his friends), poetry, theology, biography and criticism.

— the Charles Williams Society website


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