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Catholic Word of the Day: MONTANISM, 01-24-12 ^ | 01-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 01/24/2012 8:24:09 AM PST by Salvation

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A heretical movement in the second century, which professed belief in a new Church of the Spirit. Its members considered themselves specially gifted by the Holy Spirit as prophets of Christ's second coming. The substance of their doctrine was that the Holy Spirit was now supplementing the revelation of Christ, with consequent displacement of the bishops and even the Pope. The new "outpouring of the Spirit" traveled all over the Catholic world and won over the great Tertullian (160-220). Montanism was first condemned by a series of Asiatic synods and also, after some hesitation, by Pope Zephyrinus about A.D. 202.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; heresy
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1 posted on 01/24/2012 8:24:18 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 01/24/2012 8:26:37 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 01/24/2012 9:21:48 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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Montanism is the early foundations that later charismatic movements (most notably in the 20th Century - Pentecostalism) are based.

Montanus, at his baptism supposedly spoke in tongues and began prophesying - He claimed that the “Paraclete - the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus was giving utterance through him.

One semi-positive aspect was a focus on moral living at a time when such standards were falling.

Tertullian became a Montanist giving some “weight” to the movement. Some writers claim that Montanism had little long-term or lasting effect on the church. Tell that to the Charismatics all across TV and radio, and in Charismatic churches across the world (particularly growing in Africa, Asia, and Central America).

4 posted on 01/24/2012 9:34:29 AM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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You sound like you've done your homework, but it just seems to me that this Montanism isn't so much a "foundation" of similar, recent movements but just a forerunner or prototype. That is to say, the existence of similar movements we are all familiar with in recent times doesn't testify to the longevity of the early Montanism, but rather to its nine lives.

Imho. Hope that makes sense.

Nothing-new-under-the-sun alert.

5 posted on 01/24/2012 8:28:44 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty.)
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