I was raised United Pentecostal where miracles were a part of everyday life: speaking in tongues, faith healing, seeing visions and demons, etc. But that would never have translated into a literary movement because they consider it sinful to read fiction, much less write it, and attributing a miracle to non-divine causes would be blasphemy.
: Actually, I think I can answer that. The Catholic
: church does indeed stress miracles -- ongoing
: miracles, not just the miracles of Jesus. To be
: canonized, to become officially a Catholic saint, a
: person must have performed two miracles, after his or
: her death, verified by the Church. Mainstream
: Protestant churches have no such emphasis on miracles
: performed by "heroes of the church."
: (Pentecostals and charismatics may be something else
: again, but they have always been on the fringes of the
: Christian church. Maybe not for much longer, though.)
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: I came across an online dialogue similar to ours about
: the definition of magical realism and found this
: comment by a reader: "Magical realism is an
: outgrowth of Catholicism and its belief in
: miracles." That's an interesting idea, and
: certainly consistent with its Latin American origins,
: but I'm not sure what difference there is between
: Catholic miracles and Protestant miracles.
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