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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is a biblical, historical and systematic theological study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Students will engage critically a variety of classic texts and themes from both Western theologies of the Spirit rooted in St. Augustine and the Eastern doctrines of the Spirit that begin with the Cappadocian Fathers. Some of the most important themes we will explore in this module include: the Holy Spirit in Gospels, the subjective experience of Spirit, the filioque controversy, the role of the Spirit in the Trinity and modern debates about the significance of the Holy Spirit in systematic theology.

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Identify and reflect upon the key texts and themes that have shaped Pneumatology.
2. 2. Familiarize students with classic texts and figures within the Christian tradition through careful textual-literary analysis.
3. 3. Facilitate students’ appreciation of the dynamics of theological inquiry and the relationship between theorization, reading comprehension and personal growth.
4. 4. Provide students an extended opportunity to interact with ancient and contemporary voices of reflection as a way to deepen their own faith perspective and humanities education.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture18No Description
Independent Study132No Description
Total Workload: 150

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Spirit in New Testament

Role of the Holy Spirit at the birth of the Church

Nicene-Chalcedonian Creed


Augustine on the Spirit

Eastern Orthodoxy on the Spirit

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Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Congar, Yves: 1983, I Believe in the Holy Spirit, Vols. 1-3, Seabury Press, New York,
  • Johnson, Elizabeth A.: 1994, She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse, Crossroads, New York,
  • Button Prichard, Rebecca: 1999, Sensing the Spirit: The Holy Spirit in Feminist Perspective, Chalice Press, St Louis, MO,
  • Moltman, Jũrgen: 2001, The Sprit of Life: A Universal Affirmation, Fortress Press, Minneapolis,
  • Augustine: 1991, The Trinty, New City Press, New York,
  • Basil the Great: 2011, On the Holy Spirit, St. Vladimir's Press, New York,
  • Vladimir Lossky: 1997, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, St. Vladimir's Press, New York,
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