Australasian Charismatic Movements and the “New Reformation of the 20th Century?”

Mark P. Hutchinson

Abstract


There have been many attempts to define the charismatic movement of the 20th century. Rather than following the general literature on the charismatic movement (which tends to coopt the CRM into pre-existing categories, as data for larger theoretical interests) this paper tests a proposal which charismatics often make about themselves, ie. that they are the "new reformation of the 20th century". Comparing elements of the Reformation of the 16th Century to that of the 20th century raises interesting issues as to interpretation, bias in historical accounts, and the politics of self-representation.

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Editor in Chief:

Shane Clifton (Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia)

Associate Editors:

David Perry (Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia).

Adam White (Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia)

Editorial Board:

Allan Anderson (University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)

Denise Austin (Alphacrucis College, Brisbane, Australia)

John Capper (University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia)

Jacqueline Grey (Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia)

Mark Hutchinson (Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia)

Matthew del Nevo (Catholic Institute of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

Amos Yong (Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA)