The Age of the Spirit

How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church

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Pub Date 07 Jan 2014 | Archive Date 07 Apr 2014

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A thousand years ago, the church experienced a time of tremendous upheaval called the Great Schism. The one faith became two churches, East and West, and the course of world history was forever changed. And it all swirled around one Latin word in the Nicene Creed, filioque, that indicated the Holy Spirit proceeded both from God the Father "and from the Son." From the time that phrase was officially instituted onward, the Holy Spirit's place in the Trinity and role in the lives of believers would be fiercely debated, with ramifications being felt through the centuries to this very day.

In this fascinating book, readers will encounter not just the interesting historical realities that have shaped our faith today but also the present resurgence of interest in the Holy Spirit seen in many churches across the theological spectrum. Tickle and Sweeney make accessible and relevant the forces behind the current upheaval in the church, taking readers by the hand and leading them confidently into the Age of the Spirit.

A thousand years ago, the church experienced a time of tremendous upheaval called the Great Schism. The one faith became two churches, East and West, and the course of world history was forever...


Advance Praise

"Reading this pair of veteran authors is like being invited as a freshman into the office of an admired professor and then being brought up to speed like a colleague."--Publishers Weekly


"Like most Christians, I live in a state of denial about the Trinity. Since I cannot explain it, I do not think about it very much. After reading this book, I cannot stop thinking about it. If you want to know more about what is happening to Christian faith and why--and if you are also willing to discover what it means to love God with your whole mind--this is the book for you."--Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Learning to Walk in the Dark

"If we were all students, and Phyllis Tickle and Jon Sweeney were our history teachers, we'd all be passionate about understanding our past. If they were our theology teachers, we'd all be fascinated to more deeply contemplate the Trinity in the present. And if they were our spiritual directors, we'd be turning our hearts, day by day, to being more guided and empowered by the Spirit to move joyfully into the future. Here is a book that instructs and delights, so this bright possibility can become a reality."--Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist (brianmclaren.net)

"Attentiveness to the Holy Spirit, which this book has in spades, will surely be a hallmark of the next epoch of Christianity. Herein, the ancient and the postmodern walk down the aisle, wedded once and for all."--Tony Jones, theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch and editor of Phyllis Tickle: Evangelist of the Future (tonyj.net)

"Reading this pair of veteran authors is like being invited as a freshman into the office of an admired professor and then being brought up to speed like a colleague."--Publishers Weekly


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