Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The doctrine or study of spiritual beings and phenomena, especially the belief in spirits intervening between humans and God.
  • n. The Christian doctrine of the Holy Ghost.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of spiritual beings and phenomena, especially the interactions between humans and God.
  • n. The study of the Holy Spirit as revealed in Scripture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine of, or a treatise on, air and other elastic fluids. See pneumatics, 1.
  • n. The science of spiritual being or phenomena of any description.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrine of or a treatise on the properties of elastic fluids; pneumatics.
  • n. The branch of philosophy which treats of the nature and operations of mind or spirit, or a treatise on it.
  • n. The study of the beliefs, practices, and organizations of men with reference to a supposed world of spirits; spiritual philosophy.
  • n. In theology, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek πνεῦμα (pneuma), "breath", and -logy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From the corrupt Christology comes a corrupt pneumatology, that is a corrupt view of the Holy Spirit and of what the Spirit does and is doing in the Church.

    Apprising Ministries

  • He probably composed one of the most beautiful and well-known hymns of the Latin Church, the "Veni Creator Spiritus," an extraordinary synthesis of Christian pneumatology.

    Benedict on the Liturgy: "The Faith is not only thought"

  • In the Book of Life, Ficino follows the advice of authors like Avicenna and Pietro d'Abano,294 whom he frequently cites, elaborating on an ancient model of universal pneumatology that binds all substances and living creatures together in an unceasing exchange of spiritual influences.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Chapter 9 offers a postfoundationalist approach to pneumatology and the language of Spirit.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • After exploring in brief a number of classic theological topics (such as creation, Christology, pneumatology and eschatology) - topics to some of which he will return in later chapters - Clayton notes that the notion that we owe our existence to something radically different from ourselves is there whether we attribute our origin ultimately to random chance and material forces or to a divine eternal will (p.115).

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Ecclesiology, soteriology, missiology, eschatology, and pneumatology are expressive terms attached to various understandings or interpretations of God, or the acts of God.

    Philocrites: A religion still seeking definition.

  • But the examination we have made of their real opinions shows that, however obviously this conclusion might flow from their pneumatology, it was not the expectation they cherished.

    The Destiny of the Soul A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life

  • As to the psychic half of the cerebral functions, they omitted entirely that portion which relates to pneumatology.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, October 1887 Volume 1, Number 9

  • But neither the physiology, nor the pneumatology had been placed in organic connection with the central cerebral science.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, September 1887 Volume 1, Number 8

  • And, therefore, their all hitting upon this is a striking fact in pneumatology, which we recommend to the attention of spiritual media generally.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

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