Book Review: Spirit-Empowered Theology

Title: Spirit-Empowered Theology
Author: Charles Carrin, D.D.
Publisher: Chosen Books (February 28, 2017)
Language: English
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 352

What we find in Spirit-Empowered Theology is a brief systematic theology. Divided into 18 sections and addressing 300 questions, Carrin provides 1-5 paragraph answers that may leave the reader with more questions than answers, or at least a level of dissatisfaction, especially if the reader is already at this level of theological understanding. There are also no footnotes, though it is obvious that a fair bit of quoting was done throughout the text, which is aggravating for the more academically-minded individual.

As the church at large seems to largely ignore the Holy Spirit, bringing Him up almost as an afterthought, a work bringing the Spirit more into focus is a welcome idea. However, Carrin’s Pentacostal/Charismatic leanings are of concern to me. He is obviously not a cessationist, referring to such as “religious absurdity”. I am not saying that the Spirit does not move in this day and age, but with the canon of Scripture closed, I don’t see miraculous works as being necessary (I am open to the argument that such may take place in areas where the Gospel has never been preached in order to establish the truth of what missionaries bring, but even then I am hesitant to suggest that this is still the pattern for today). There is a mention of prophecy and the audible speaking of the Spirit, which also sends up red flags, as it hints of new revelation being possible (though that may have been just a semantic rendering rather than his actual intent).

I hesitantly give this work 3/5 stars, mostly because there is a fair bit of information that conforms to orthodox theology, and would be cautious as to whom I would recommend it.

Note: I received a free copy of this book through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my fair and honest appraisal.


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