The Holy Spirit in the Trinitarian Communion: ‘Love’ and ‘Gift'?
Article first published online: 16 MAR 2014
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
International Journal of Systematic Theology
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 126–142, April 2014
How to Cite
Levering, M. (2014), The Holy Spirit in the Trinitarian Communion: ‘Love’ and ‘Gift'?. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 16: 126–142. doi: 10.1111/ijst.12046
- Issue published online: 16 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 16 MAR 2014
Christians in the West often have become so accustomed to naming the Holy Spirit ‘Love’ and ‘Gift’ – or at least to associating the Holy Spirit particularly with these two dynamisms – that it can come as a surprise that Scripture nowhere explicitly names the Holy Spirit either ‘love’ or ‘gift’. Indeed, as Hans Urs von Balthasar points out, the Spirit is much more clearly associated with truth, knowledge and power. How then does Augustine arrive at the view that the Holy Spirit should be named ‘Love’ and ‘Gift'? I examine and evaluate the complex exegetical steps by which Augustine draws out these names.