Date of Award

1967

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Religion

First Advisor

Dr. James C. Berryman

Second Advisor

Dr. Cecil Sutley

Third Advisor

Dr. Gilbert L. Morris

Abstract

The concept of Spirit eludes precise definitions, and for that reason it has almost become a forbidden word. The tide has begun to change, however, with recent developments. During the 1950's, America witnessed a revival of religious interest. The 1960's have ushered in a religious revolution. Bishops John Robinson and James Pike and the forward look in Harvey Cox's The Secular City have not only made the public aware of radical changes in church confessions, but they have expressed the secularity and the worldliness that dominate much of modern academic theology. The "death of God" theology simply climaxes a sequence of events. Those changes have brought new significance to the concept of Spirit.

Religious epistemology has as its primary concern the knowledge of God. That concern is dealing with Mind that is more than human but is creative of and revealed in the human. One of the major problems of existential philosophy is how radically different the knowledge of God is from the knowledge of objects , values, one ' s self, and even the minds of other humans. The knowledge of God offers the possibility of a direct contact of consciousness with consciousness.

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