Author Topic: How Orthodoxy Views the Early Church's Similarities to the Charismatic Movement  (Read 734 times)

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Offline rakovsky

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In the essay below I laid out four key, apparent features of the modern Charismatic movement that would uniquely match those of the early Church. The essay presents the Orthodox view of those similarities, as well as a Rationalist critique of these phenomena among Charismatics. The essay doesn't explicitly take a position on those debates, but it gives the Church the last word. The four unique features are:

1. Expectations of the Second Coming's arrival within a normal life span
2. Speaking in Tongues
3. Inclusion of informal worship practices
4. Widespread nature of the "gifts"

One feature that I nearly included was the experience of extreme visions, like St. John's Revelation in the early Church. However, accounts of extreme visions may be ongoing in Orthodoxy, however very rare.

I welcome your thoughts.

The link to the essay is here:
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