The Sanctifying Work of the Holy Spirit: Revisiting Alston’s Interpersonal Model

Journal of Analytic Theology 6:112-130 (2018)
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Of the various loci of systematic theology that call for sustained philosophical investigation, the doctrine of sanctification stands out as a prime candidate. In response to that call, William Alston developed three models of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit: the fiat model, the interpersonal model, and the sharing model. In response to Alston’s argument for the sharing model, this paper offers grounds for a reconsideration of the interpersonal model. We close with a discussion of some of the implications of one’s understanding of the transforming work of the Holy Spirit for practical Christian spirituality.

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Brandon Rickabaugh
Palm Beach Atlantic University


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