Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Summer 6-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Theology

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair

Frederick Aquino

Second Committee Member

Jeff Childers

Third Committee Member

Bruce Marshall

Abstract

How does the Holy Spirit, by indwelling believers, guide them to act in ways that contribute to their spiritual progress? In this thesis, I will argue that, by indwelling believers, the Spirit redirects their intentionality towards their ultimate end in union with God, thus placing believers in the best possible position for acting in ways that contribute to that end. If the Spirit guides believers in the spiritual life on a day-to-day basis, then such guidance must connect with the actual processes by which humans generally act (especially intentions). Thus, by exploring the indwelling of the Spirit, grace, and human intentionality, we can come to a greater understanding of how the pieces fit together, how the Spirit guides believers after baptism. The project will synthesize the rich pneumatology of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae with insights from contemporary philosophy of intention in order to develop a constructive account of the Spirit’s indwelling and its implications for the actions of believers.

 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.