by Bruce McCormack
In his article ‘Trinity of Life And Power: The Relevance of Trinitarian Theology in the Contemporary Age,’ in Spirit of Truth and Power: Studies in Christian Experience and Doctrine, David F. Wright, Ed (Rutherford House, 2007), Bruce McCormack writes the following about how the Holy Spirit and his “role” within the Trinity:
It has become commonplace in theologies written in the last thirty years or so to find the claim that the Holy Spirit has been, for too long, the forgotten member of the Trinity or the anonymous person of the Godhead. We have, it is said, unjustly neglected the Holy Spirit. We need to compensate for this deficiency through the elaboration today of pneumatology as a distinct locus in Christian Dogmatics. My own conviction, in the face of this challenge, is it is wrong-headed and ultimately does a great disservice to the Holy Spirit. While it is quite true, to a great extent anyway, that the Holy Spirit the anonymous person of the Godhead, this is not to be explained as an accident of history. The Holy Spirit has been this because he wills to be so.
When we seek to know more what we are doing is the Holy Spirit to betray his mission, a mission which finds it’s centre in revealing and glorifying Jesus Christ.
~In his article ‘Trinity of Life And Power: The Relevance of Trinitarian Theology in the Contemporary Age,’ in Spirit of Truth and Power: Studies in Christian Experience and Doctrine (2007), pp. 26-27