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The Spirit and creation

Henco van der Westhuizen
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 54, No 1 | a2639 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v54i1.2639 | © 2020 Henco van der Westhuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 May 2020 | Published: 21 October 2020

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Henco van der Westhuizen, Department of Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


This article explores the relation between the Spirit and creation, or rather the theology of the Spirit and a theology of creation, with reference to the theology of Michael Welker. The first part of this descriptive article explores what Welker refers to as a reductionist understanding of creation. The second part is an in-depth exploration of Welker’s understanding of biblical creation. In this light, the third part examines the relation between this differentiated understanding of biblical creation and the Spirit. The conclusion explored the implications of Welker’s theology of creation for his theology of the Spirit. It explains how Welker’s understanding of this relation, which allows for a more complex understanding of the Spirit’s role in reality, provides impulses, for example, for ecotheology.


Holy Spirit; creation; new creation; law; justice; Michael Welker.


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In die Skriflig / In Luce Verbi  vol: 54  issue: 1  year: 2020  
doi: 10.4102/ids.v54i1.2639