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Diagram for FireMiracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement$
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Jon Bialecki

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294202

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294202.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Clearly Written on His Face

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(p.1) Introduction
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Diagram for Fire
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Jon Bialecki

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294202.003.0001

What are miracles as social phenomena, and what lessons do they have for anthropology? This chapter starts the inquiry into these questions by introducing both the Vineyard, and the wider Pentecostal-Charismatic tradition is sprang from. This chapter also frames the miracle as a response to a problem of divine withdrawal and absence. It also introduces the notion that the miracle as effectuating in both individuals and institutions, and that the plasticity exhibited by the miracle can be a tool for thinking through Christian variation without falling into the trap of an anthropological nominalism.

Keywords:   Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, Miracle, Nominalism, Variation, Problem of Presence, Church History

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