African Pentecostalism

African Pentecostalism : An Introduction

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Across Africa, Christianity is thriving in all shapes and sizes. But one particular strain of Christianity prospers more than most-Pentecostalism. Pentecostals believe that everyone can personally receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as prophecy or the ability to speak in tongues. In Africa, this kind of faith, in which the supernatural is a daily presence, is sweeping the continent. Today, about 107 million Africans are Pentecostals-and the numbers continue to rise. In this book, Ogbu Kalu provides the first ever overview of Pentecostalism in Africa. He shows the amazing diversity of the faith, which flourishes in many different forms in diverse local contexts. While most people believe that Pentecostalism was brought to Africa and imposed on its people by missionaries, Kalu argues emphatically that this is not the case. Throughout the book, he demonstrates that African Pentecostalism is distinctly African in character, not imported from the West. With an even-handed approach, Kalu presents the religion's many functions in African life.
Rather than shying away from controversial issues like the role of money and prosperity in the movement, Kalu describes malpractice when he sees it. The only book to offer a comprehensive look at African Pentecostalism, this study touches upon the movement's identity, the role of missionaries, media and popular culture, women, ethics, Islam, and immigration. The resulting work will prove invaluable to anyone interested in Christianity outside the West.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 26mm | 662.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195340000
  • 9780195340006

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It is a misnomer to call this book a mere introduction... This a transitional volume in the history of African pentecostalism, as one of its chief accomplishments is to raise a multitude of interpretive questions to which answers are not yet apparent. The maturity of Kalu's scholarship is evident in his grasp of an amazingly wide range of material and issues. * Dana L. Robert, Church History *
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About Ogbu U. Kalu

Ogbu Kalu is Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity and Mission, McCormick Theological Seminary. He is from Ohafia, Nigeria.
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Table of contents

1. Oriki: Genealogy and Identity in Pentecostal Historiography ; 2. Bakuzufu: Contested Identities and the Quest for Power in African Christianity ; 3. Moya: African Charismatic Initiatives and Classical Pentecostal Missionaries ; 4. Mademoni: African Instituted Churches in Pentecostal Rhetoric ; 5. Aliliki: Charismatic Resurgence in the 1970s: A Regional Comparison ; 6. The Big Man of the Big God: Pentecostalism, Media, and Popular Culture in the 1980s ; 7. Elijah's Mantle: Pentecostal Re-evangelization of Africa in the 1990s ; 8. Gendered Charisma: Charisma and Women in African Pentecostalism ; 9. Sankofa: Pentecostalism in the African Map of the Universe ; 10. Masters on Horses: The Roots of Pentecostal Public Ethics ; 11. Tembisa: Pentecostal Political Theology and Practices ; 12. Child of the Bondwoman: Islam and Sharia In Pentecostal Rhetoric: A Nigerian Case Study ; 13. Standing on the Word: Pentecostal Theologies ; 14. Reverse Flow: Pentecostalism and Immigrant African Christianity
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