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the charismatic manifestations that occurred—including shaking, falling to the floor, exorcisms, and miraculous healings—were perceived as too extreme and too ‘un-biblical’ by Calvary’s leadership. After several instances of demon exorcisms, Wimber was again asked to leave. 14 Taking a

In: Journal of Religion in Europe

of the term in sociology and the study of religion, there is also the use by Christian groups and movements that refer to themselves as ‘charismatic’ in the biblical sense, i.e., as relating to special gifts, such as prophecy, healing, or ‘speaking in tongues.’ And, finally, in everyday speech and

In: Journal of Religion in Europe

and Taoism , Charisma was always an extraordinary force ( maga, orenda ) and was revealed in sorcery and heroism. […] Originally, heroic strength was considered quite as much, [sic] a magical quality as “magical force” in the narrower sense, for instance rainmaking, magical healing or extraordinary

In: Journal of Religion in Europe

Catholic Church’s complicity in the genocide engendered a widespread crisis of faith. With their skillful use of music and media, the abarokore churches attracted thousands of new converts. Many abarokore saw the noisiness of the new churches as key to personal healing and a way to cultivate new forms

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

both Orthodox clergy and independent healers, and the sacred images they make can be used both to heal and to harm. Through protracted conversations with Ethiopian interlocutors, the author explores the moral and social ambiguity of the status of the debtera who produce talisman that can be used in

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

the center where she conducted the bulk of her research, Healing Revelation Ministries ( HRM ), in fact closed its doors permanently in 2010. Thus Hackman offers an insightful glimpse into the people and practices that coalesced for only a relatively brief period of time, and that might otherwise be

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

day of Pentecost. As in the prophetic independent African churches before them, the charismatic churches emphasize speaking in tongues, divine healing, and miracles. In addition, they profess that the material success and prosperity of their members are signs of divine grace and benevolence. 2002, 11

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

. Witulski divides The Gnawa Lions into two sections. The first, chapters 2 through 4, orients the reader toward the historical components of gnawa character: the ability to effectively heal through the manipulation of occult spirits, the performance of an African identity from south of the Sahara, Muslim

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

, and often do battle against them. They forecast the future, heal people from illness, and lead prayers for prosperity. Church leaders—male and formally educated—look suspiciously at such activities, as they do the activities of more charismatic Pentecostal churches similarly focused on wealth, health

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

prestige. In part this is because gorovodu has positioned itself to fight against witchcraft, heal the sick, and offer guidance to individuals struggling with problems that range from the small to the seemingly insurmountable. In part II Montgomery and Vannier detail and explain the multifaceted uses of

In: Journal of Religion in Africa