Original Research

Miracles in the Neo-charismatic movement: Historical and theological critique

Kelebogile T. Resane
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 1 | a1736 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i1.1736 | © 2017 Kelebogile T. Resane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 January 2017 | Published: 27 July 2017

About the author(s)

Kelebogile T. Resane, Department of Systematic Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa


The focus of this article was to explore the historical, theological and biblical miracles in light of the modern-day miracles in the Neo-charismatic churches. It is hereby intended to address and redress these manifestations to evaluate their authenticity and genuineness. The history regarding miracles in this article starts with the Reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin. The historical scholarliness unfolds through the centuries to show how philosophies and theology grappled with this subject. The climax is the theological debate in the 20th century leading to the current miraculous signs in the Neo-charismatic churches in South Africa. The solution is the teaching on proper hermeneutics.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article focuses on interdisciplinary, that is, church history, systematic theology and ethics in ecclesiastical practices of the Neo-charismatic churches. The article contributes towards the historical knowledge, identifying some constructive theological understanding of authenticity of miracles, as opposed to the modern way of miracles. It opens opportunity for a systematic theological discussion on miracles in Neo-charismatic churches.


Miracles; Neo-Charismatic; Theological; Church


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