All Suffer the Affliction of the One: Metaphysical Holism and the Presence of the Spirit

Brad J. Kallenberg

Since the Enlightenment, systematic theologies have almost invariably described the Holy Spirit in terms of an interface between God and human individuals qua individuals. Since the biblical text leans the other way, there are good reasons for seeking out better conceptual resources for understanding the presence of the Holy Spirit than can be offered by reductive theories of metaphysics that became so influential in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This paper surveys recent work in supervenience and emergentism in order to suggest ways for recapturing a more holistic, which is to say more biblical, pneumatology. Brad J. Kallenberg is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton.

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