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The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology, reviewed by Tony Richie

Second, this book should be a great help to Christian theology and pneumatology in several ways. Firstly, it focuses attention on a giant among theologians on pneumatology as a subject worthy of and requiring closer and deeper inspection. This is an absolutely necessary step in a process for overcoming and correcting the lacuna in historical theology regarding pneumatology. Secondly, it demonstrates seminal ways in which the dynamic interplay of Scripture and theology with philosophy and culture were involved in Augustine’s thought—an issue of great relevance even beyond Augustine and his age for us and ours. Thirdly, it amply demonstrates the essentiality of a robust pneumatology for a balanced Christian theology. Clearly, Augustine’s doctrines of the Trinity or of ecclesiology or soteriology are not only incomplete without his pneumatology but actually inconceivable. Pneumatology is interwoven into the fabric of everything!

With extensive footnotes, bibliography, and index, Gerber’s The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology: Early Theology: Contextualizing Augustine’s Pneumatology should serve well as a resource for scholars and serious students of historical theology and of Augustinian pneumatology. I highly recommend it!

Reviewed by Tony Richie

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About the Author: Tony Richie, D.Min, Ph.D., is missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador) and adjunct professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest in Knoxville, TN. He has served the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader and is currently Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and represents Pentecostals with Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He is the author of Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue (Emeth Press, 2011) and Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions: Encountering Cornelius Today (CPT Press, 2013) as well as several journal articles and books chapters on Pentecostal theology and experience.

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