Details for Pneumatology

This subject explores central elements of Pentecostal spirituality and theology.  It engages critically with the experience and doctrine of baptism in the Holy Spirit, and considers the importance of the Spirit for our understanding of the nature and mission of the church.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE204
  • Credit points: 10
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The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Pneumatology

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Examine key biblical and historical developments in pneumatology.
  2. Explain the importance of traditions from Christian history for contemporary pneumatology.
  3. Analyse contemporary theologies of the Spirit.
  4. Examine the development of Pentecostal pneumatology and appraise key Pentecostal distinctives including Spirit baptism and spiritual gifts.

Subject Content

  1. Biblical Theology of the Spirit: Part 1
  2. Biblical Theology of the Spirit: Part 2
  3. The Spirit in the ancient church
  4. Theology of the Spirit: historical survey
  5. The Holy Spirit in Person
  6. Contemporary theologies of the Spirit (Othodox/Catholic): Part 1 – Zizioulas, Rogers, Bulgakov, Congar & Kasper.
  7. Contemporary theologies of the Spirit (Protestant): Part 2 – Pinnock, Welker, Pannenberg, Moltmann Newbiggin, Barth.
  8. Contemporary Pentecostal theologies of the Spirit – Habets, Macchia, Yong, Bridges Johns, Stevenson.
  9. Spirit Baptism
  10. Spirit as gift and giver of gifts
  11. Spiritual Formation and sanctification
  12. Ecumenical Spiritual Practices
  13. The Spirit in Christian worship

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Posts (20%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Presentation (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided