Quote of Note #59 — Supernatural Faith

Sunflower; photo by GAC

“One outcome of this growth [of the charismatic and Pentecostal churches of the Global South] is likely to be a challenge from the avowedly supernaturalistic worldview of Christians in the Global South — a worldview in which biblical signs and wonders are considered normal Chrisitianity — to the worldviews and ontologies of the North American churches that, from the Southern churches’ perspective, seem to be stuck in the naturalistic assumptions of Enlightenment naturalism and materialism.  The idea that the age of miracles ceased with the apostles or when the biblical canon was closed seems strange to majority-world Christians, who seem to be saying to their northern brothers and sisters in the faith, do you really believe the Bible?  What universe are you living in?”

John Jefferson Davis, Worship and the Reality of God: An Evangelical Theology of Real Presence.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2010, pg. 18.


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