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Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith Paperback – December 13, 2013
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"A challenging and stimulating study on the nature of the Spirit. . . . Students, pastors and theologians will profit from interacting with this thought-provoking work."
— Regent College
"This book on the place of the Holy Spirit in the church and the Christian life is a tour de force. Jack Levison is, in my experience, the most competent scholar and clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known. But he is far more than a scholar; he is a Christian who is passionate to bring biblical clarity and understanding to the church worldwide. . . . I have been on the lookout for colleagues like this as I have worked to counter the dichotomizing of the church over Holy Spirit issues. Levison has become for me the major voice, thoroughly scriptural and non-combative, in this company."
— founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly
"Levison here gives us a brilliant line of argument that is lucidly and almost affectionately delivered — brilliant in that it scintillates with insight after insight and connection after connection, lucid in that Levison writes with the simplicity and directness of genuine authority, and affectionate in that he approaches both his content and us as his readers with the warmest regard. Beyond all that, 'An Agenda for the Future of Pneumatology,' which serves as the concluding section of Inspired, should be required reading for every thoughtful Christian today."
— Regent University
"Jack Levison probably considers himself neither a prophet nor the son of one. Yet he does what prophets do — identify the presence and activity of the spirit of God in the world and then discern with remarkable clarity the implications such work can and should have for our future. Inspired, aptly titled, will not only inform readers about the spirit but activate, nurture, and enable a spirit-filled way of life, learning, and virtue."
— University of Durham
"Levison's careful study of the Old Testament, early Jewish, and New Testament understanding of spirit — the fruit of twenty years of research — signals something of a revolution in contemporary understanding of the spirit of God. . . . His discussion will instruct afresh those open to learn and will provoke fruitful discussion."
"An engaging text about a little-known area of information that is essential to deepening comprehension of the New Testament."
"Few people write with such warmth and reasoned clarity about the Holy Spirit in Scripture. Here is a theological exploration that will yield great insights as well as faithful practice. This is a careful tracing of the presence of God's Spirit through the terrain of Old Testament right into the New. Like an early mapmaker, Levison provides a wonderful guide to the depth of the Spirit in Scripture."
"A worthwhile read and addition to any theological library, a useful if not conclusive contribution to pneumatology."
"Inspired builds on the solid exegetical foundation laid in the author's extensive earlier publications. Here the interest is eminently practical. Levison has deep concern about the future of the church as it understands and practices life in the Spirit. . . . Readers are greatly in his debt for the vigor and rich insight that mark his lifelong pursuit to understand the Spirit."
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This book gave me strong encouragement because it came out and I found it immediately after my latest major rational breakthrough deciphering of religious myth. I vouch that every major breakthrough I've had in the theory of religious myth (while moving in and out of the intense Holy Spirit) has been rational, summarizable, specific, and comprehensible, and is confirmed by an insightful, appropriate, inspired re-reading and remembering of scripture.
There is a loud cry now for New Testament Christianity to make rational sense; people are abandoning church and Christianity, per the book You Lost Me (and Islam, similarly, per the book My Isl@m) because people who love their religion are forced to reluctantly abandon religion, because they strive and yearn and hunger to comprehend the coherent rational meaning that is veiled and encrypted in religious mythic metaphor. The cry now is: Make sense or else you cannot be an effective vehicle for communicating Truth; make rational sense, or you force me to abandon you and look elsewhere for Reason and wisdom, because Truth and Wisdom must make clear, comprehensible, rational sense. With ecstasy that lacks Reason, there isn't revelation; we are left with uncomprehending foolishness, even when we correctly believe that buried and encrypted underneath the surface foolishness of scripture or myth, there is and certainly must be profound truth, rationality, and wisdom.
Scriptures veil and mislead, with understanding and revealing delivered after initiation. But such veiling or encryption of meaning is complete failure for all hearers, leaving us all as foolish uncomprehending outsiders, if the promised revealing of sense and understanding is never delivered on. Salvation and revelation involve rational comprehension; impurity of thinking is cleansed away by a vision of a more rationally coherent frame of reference revealed by the Holy Spirit, including discovering how scriptures make rational sense when read through the alternative lens of rational, quickened Inspiration -- not by an inchoate, mentally scrambled or non-rational feeling of ecstasy. The rational ecstasy of the Holy Spirit integrates specific scriptural insight in which reading is transformed to produce a rational revelation of coherent and profound meaning. Instead of the dichotomy "reason vs. revelation" or "rationality vs. mystic insight", the important dichotomy is "reason (with or without the Holy Spirit), versus non-reason (with or without the Holy Spirit)."
-- Michael Hoffman, theorist of Egodeath; ecstatic rational decipherer of religious mythic metaphor