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Miracles, Signs, Wonders
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Miracles, signs, and wonders are generally seen as evidence of God’s immanence and divine care for humanity. The definition of miracle has changed over time. Prior to the Enlightenment, miracles were believed to be acts of God or an event caused by divine agency that invoked a sense of awe or wonder. After the Enlightenment, miracles were seen as violations of natural law that science could not explain yet.

The worldview assumptions and plausibility structures of the West provided some challenges for Pentecostals regarding miracles in the twentieth century. Pentec…

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Walker, Brandon, “Miracles, Signs, Wonders”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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