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Title: The concept of regeneration in Christian thought
Author: Macmillan, Ian William
ISNI:       0000 0001 3615 8633
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1985
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Who is the Christian? What does it mean to be a "new man" in Christ? What does it mean to be "born again"? Is this the same as the Pentecostal expression "the baptism in the Holy Spirit"? And what are we to make of the phrase, "the baptism in/with the Holy Spirit"? What is the relationship between water baptism and spirit baptism? What is the relation of regeneration to baptism? Does baptism alone constitute the complete rite of initiation, or is something more required? How is a person's initiation into the Christian way to be described and understood? What is Christian baptism? What is its place in the plan of salvation? When is the Holy Spirit given? In search of an authentic theology of the Christian, we have treated the writings of the Fourth Evangelist, Cyril of Jerusalem and Ambrose of Milan, John Calvin, Karl Barth and modern day Pentecostalists and NeoPentecostalists. The work, although not divided into specific parts, has two aspects. First of all, there is a full exposition of how the term, regeneration, has been treated in each of the above theologies. From this it can be seen that various interpretations of the concept have emerged in the church over the centuries. The second aspect is an examination of four critical categories surrounding our theme, namely, regeneration, initiation, water baptism and spirit baptism. Today is an opportune time to understand the various interrelationships of these categories, both from the point of view of the pastoral ministry of the churches and the life of the individual Christian. In the course of our study, various other topics are touched upon: the nature of faith, the relation of baptism to confirmation, the paedobaptist debate, the need to restore a Spirit Christology either alongside, or instead of, Logos Christology, the nature of the gift of speaking in tongues and its place in the fellowship of the church. Each of these subjects requires a thesis of its own, and we have by no means exhausted their significance, although they have necessitated comment because of their relationship to our central theme.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Philosophy