Doctrine of Cessationism

A detailed history of the doctrine of cessationism throughout the ages.

Cessationism, the idea that the supernatural age of miracles died out after the establishment of the church, is an old doctrine. Cessationism is the more extreme form, de-emphasis is a better umbrella term but hardly used. Regardless of either word, this doctrine is much older than the one of glossolalia. Theologians and thinkers throughout history have vacillated on the idea that miracles, including tongues, have ceased.

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The best way to explain starts with an infographic. This image charts the theory throughout its courses. A special emphasis is on the relationship to the christian doctrine of tongues.

A sample of cessationism graphic from origins until today.
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Well, anyone familiar with the Gift of Tongues Project knows that everything requires documentation. The following are detailed articles on the various aspects regarding the birth and rise of cessationism. They contain a large number of footnotes, sources, and critical analysis.


Note: other early Church writers push for partial cessationism where miracles such as tongues ceased while others perpetuated. This doctrine is an important part of Christian history that no one should easily dismiss. Cessationism is entirely rejected by Pentecostals and Charismatics. Catholics largely ignore the modern version because it is a debate largely confined to the Protestant communities.