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Twentieth-Century Charismatics

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The Charismatic Renewal movement commencing in the 1960s revived the Pauline belief that any individual Christian may be divinely empowered; the gifts of speaking in tongues, healing and prophecy — as well as other Pauline charismata — were thought to issue forth in moments of religious ecstasy. These twentieth-century charismatics — both Protestant and Catholic — returned to a literal interpretation of Paul’s epistles concerning charisma as spiritual gift, as part of their project of reviving early Christian faith. But the charismatic renewal did not erupt in isolation. It emerged from within the Pentecostal movement of evangelical Christianity, which was established in the US in 1906. The Pentecostal faith in turn was the culmination of a number of evangelical movements that flourished in the nineteenth century.

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Potts, J. (2009). Twentieth-Century Charismatics. In: A History of Charisma. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230244832_7

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  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230244832_7

  • Publisher Name: Palgrave Macmillan, London

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