2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity by Eddie Hyatt.
Dallas, Texas: Hyatt Ministries, 1998. 224 pages, paperbnack.
Reviewed by Dr. Vinson Synan, Dean of the School of Divinity, Regent University, Virginia. From the Foreword.
Eddie Hyatt’s new book, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, is Hyatt’s most important work to date. It is a fine historical survey of the charismatic history and nature of the church. His treatment of the origins and fate of the cessation of the charismata theory is well researched and convincingly presented. As the subtitle suggests, this volume is indeed “a 21st century look at Church History from a Pentecostal/Charismatic perspective.” Of particular value and interest are Hyatt’s sections on Charles Fox Parham, the formulator of Pentecostal theology, and the crucial part played by followers of Alexander Dowie who left Zion City to found important Pentecostal movements around the world.
Hyatt’s work is another in a stream of scholarly works that are driving nails in the coffin of the Warfield theory of the cessation of the miraculous signs, wonders, and miracles after the end of the apostolic age. He writes well and convincingly. I feel that this book brings together the most recent research on the subject and presents it in a popular way that any reader can understand.
I commend 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity to all who look for deeper understanding of the modern Penteconal/Charismatic movements that have exploded in the 2Oth Century to become the second largest family of Christians in the world.
www.eddiehyatt.com – Hyatt International Ministries
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