A. A rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm.
b. Personal magnetism or charm: a television news program famed for the charisma of its anchors.
2. Christianity An extraordinary power, such as the ability to perform miracles, granted by the Holy Spirit.
Saying a person is charismatic can be either good or bad depending on how the term is used. You can say, "The salesman was so charismatic that I bought the useless item he sold," or you can say, "The salesman was charismatic and sold a good product."
If you are a conservative traditional Christian, the word charismatic carries with it a lot of baggage that has a negative connotation. In a television special several years ago, the late popular U.S. newscaster, Peter Jennings, did an expose about the charismatic church movement. Charismatic (as opposed to Pentecostal) churches encourage a experiential type of Christianity--they put much emphasis on "signs and wonders." In visiting a charismatic church you will see a section of the service where people are "manifesting the Holy Spirit" by falling on the floor, barking like dogs, crowing like chickens, and other rather surprising actions. Some people see this as good, others see it is rather irreverant. (You may see the same thing in Pentecostal churches but their emphasis is more on the phenomenon of "speaking in tongues.")
This is probably more than you want to know, but I hope it helps. I just saw your post as I was "surfing" the various threads.
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