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“Deeds, not words shall speak to me.” — John William Fletcher


Did You Know

The current charismatic movement was initially influenced by the writings of Rev. John Fletcher, a devoted Christian who often preached with John Wesley.

A History of the Charismatic Movements

Course Number: CH510


Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas

Course Description:

Charismatic theology is more than just a theology of spiritual gifts; worship, bibliology, sanctification, and ecclesiology are also central. Learners will complete a historical and theological study of the origins and developments of Classical Pentecostalism, Charismatic Renewalism, and Restoration Movements, with emphasis given to theological backgrounds and trends. Lectures also analyze other related movements, including the Jesus Only Movement, the Vineyard Movement, and the Toronto Revival Movement. Throughout the course, the pros and cons of the various charismatic movements are presented.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Gain insight into the fundamental concepts of the Charismatic Movements.
  2. Identify the theological differences between the Holiness, Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Restorationist groups.
  3. Trace the history of the Pentecostal Movement from its origin in the American Holiness Movement to its current manifestations.
  4. Recognize the contribution of Pentecostalism to religious history in America.

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