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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to reveal the initial development of the teaching on the Holy Spirit in the life of Alexander Campbell, founder of the movement named the Disciples of Christ. Campbell’s pneumatology must be placed within the context of American history in the nineteenth century. Beginning with the influence of Cane Ridge and Millennialism on his theology, his pneumatology led to an insipid work of the Spirit through the denomination’s history. However, in the charismatic renewal of the twentieth century, Don Basham stood boldly against the rationalistic atmosphere of his church and became well-known for his teachings on the charismatic experience of the Spirit. Though the two people appear theologically different, the thesis of the paper is that the operation of the Holy Spirit in Basham's theology reveals an added dimension to assist in the Spirit-filled growth of the successive churches of Campbell’s churches.

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