Charismatic movements have been expanding rapidly during the last century and are closed observed and studied within the worldwide Christian communities.
This study tries to examine and study the development of the charismatic movements in Taiwan during the past half century and their theological implications. In the first part the author briefly reviews and appraises the scholarly discussions on this topic during the last 15 years. In the second part a more comprehensive and nuanced picture of the historical development of these movements is offered, with special effort to distinguish between “Han Christianity” and “aboriginal Christianity.” According to the author’s analysis, the Han charismatic movements began to experience growth in the urban areas since the 1980s and developed into various groups in the wider spectrum. On the other hand, the aboriginal Christianity, growing amazingly immediately after the Second World War, demonstrated dynamic energy and vitality since the 1970s in renewal manifestations, first in charismatic movements and then in missionary activities, exemplifying certain characteristics of a “primal religion.” In the final conclusion the author discusses the Pneumatological implications of these movements from a Reformed theological perspective, focusing on the“personhood,” the scope of work and the contextualizing potentiality of the Holy