An examination of the person and function of the Holy Spirit within a Trinitarian framework with special reference to developments in theology and the reception of the Charismatic movement within the Scottish context
In looking to the Charismatic Movement, as it came to find expression in the Scottish context, this study sets out to review the manner in which we view and relate to the Triune Being of God. We seek to examine in what way the issues raised by the Charismatic Movement, as it developed in the Scottish context, call upon on us to reappraise the manner in which we perceive our relationship to and understanding of God. More specifically, in examining the way in which the Holy Spirit has been viewed within Patristic and Scottish theology, we pursue the thesis that traditional perspectives on the Trinity, arising out of a model of the Trinity that has been held as axiomatic in the Western tradition of the church, are not necessarily the most helpful in facilitating an understanding of the Person and function of the Holy Spirit. Through tracing an understanding of the Person and function of the Holy Spirit as it appears in the theology of John Calvin and the developing, Scottish Reformed tradition, we observe how an understanding of the Spirit developed which emphasised particular functions of the Spirit; but which did not fully address the nature of our communion with the Person, or Being, of the Spirit. Consequently, we seek to develop an understanding of the Spirit, set within a Trinitarian framework, which offers an alternative way of viewing our communion with the Spirit and the Holy Trinity. By seeking to reestablish the priority of a model of the Trinity which is descriptive of the divine economy, we attempt to point the way towards a means of reconciling the Charismatic Movement within the mainstream of Scottish, Reformed theology and to consolidate the insights of both traditions to the greater glory of God in His church.