The doctrine of Word-Spirit perichoresis talks about the synthetical and fully organic relationship between the persons and works of the Word and the Spirit. To use the Irenaean term, The Word and the Spirit are the “two hands” of God. The Word and the Spirit interpenetrate each other perichoretically to manifest God’s will. Therefore, the Word and the Spirit manifest different modes of truth and liberation, as both work together and coinhere in each other to demonstrate the will of the Father. This dissertation employs such a perichoretic doctrine as a constructive lens to engage with the struggle of women’s feministleadership in the church.
The christology from “above” from Maximus the Confessor shows the
tendency to be more mystical, spiritual, and eschatological in orientation. Such a model cannot provide a strong support for the ecclesial leadership of women. The christology from “below” demonstrated by Rosemary Radford Ruether is more utopist yet present-oriented, which results in forgetting the eschatological dimension. Her christology focuses more on the idea of the liberation based on the history of human being. The writer argues that both christologies are deficit
in seeing the importance of pneumatology. The writer also discusses the doctrine
of Spirit-christology from the Pentecostal tradition that is problematic in its christology. While the doctrine focuses more on the spiritual gifts, its pneumatology does not deal seriously with the struggle of social transformation, including the issue of women’s feminist leadership in the church.
The writer argues that the imbalanced emphasis on either christology or pneumatology will not provide an orthodox, functional, and relevant doctrine to support women’s feminist leadership. On the contrary, the doctrine of Word- Spirit perichoresisseems to be the best model that encourages the church to support women’sfeminist leadership. Such an idea affirms the selfhood of women, takes the primacy of “power with” over “power over” and focuses on a more participative leadership. Thus, its aim is to defend the oppressed people,
including the oppressed women in the midst of patriarchal systems. The W
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