Spirit, vulnerability and beauty – a pneumatological exploration

Deborah van den Bosch

Abstract


Vulnerability is for most people a problematic concept. However, there
are several theological discourses revealing an exciting reinterpretation of vulnerability. The
recent attention to vulnerability opens novel and vital perspectives on human life in relation
to God. The first part of this article is an overview of constructive Reformed theological
proposals that offer a promising hermeneutics of vulnerability. The second part presents an
additional constructive proposal: a pneumatological exploration of vulnerability. The pairing of
Spirit and vulnerability leads to the understanding that vulnerability is the realm of the Holy
Spirit. Notions such as quality, transformation, vulnerability dialectics, beauty and danger
turn out to be critical constituents of the bond between Spirit and vulnerability.

Keywords


Holy Spirit; Vulnerability; Beauty; Reformed theology; William Placher; David Jensen; Thomas Reynolds; Kristine Culp

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5952/55-3-4-668

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