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By Ogbu Kalu

Throughout Africa, Christianity is prospering in all sizes and shapes. yet one specific pressure of Christianity flourishes greater than so much -- Pentecostalism. Pentecostals think that everybody can in my view obtain the presents of the Holy Spirit equivalent to prophecy or the power to talk in tongues. In Africa, this type of religion, during which the supernatural is an everyday presence, is sweeping the continent. this day, approximately 107 million Africans are Pentecostals -- and the numbers proceed to upward thrust. during this e-book, Ogbu Kalu offers the 1st ever review of Pentecostalism in Africa. He exhibits the fantastic range of the religion, which prospers in lots of assorted types in diversified neighborhood contexts. whereas most folk think that Pentecostalism used to be dropped at Africa and imposed on its humans through missionaries, Kalu argues emphatically that this isn't the case. through the booklet, he demonstrates that African Pentecostalism is pretty African in personality, now not imported from the West. With an even-handed procedure, Kalu offers the religion's many capabilities in African existence. instead of shying clear of arguable matters just like the function of cash and prosperity within the stream, Kalu describes malpractice while he sees it. the one ebook to supply a finished examine African Pentecostalism, this examine touches upon the movement's id, the function of missionaries, media and pop culture, girls, ethics, Islam, and immigration. The ensuing paintings will end up useful to a person attracted to Christianity outdoors the West.

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33 18 precedents in early charismatic movements, 1900–1960s 5. American Connections and Multiple Sites in Global Pentecostalism This brings to the fore the issues about time frame, nature, and dynamics of North American Pentecostal contact with the non-Western world. It must be recognized that the stories of Latin America, Asia, and Africa are like different streams that contribute to the river of life. For instance, the African contacts and networks with American Pentecostalism increased tremendously in the 1980s.

The sub-typology is as wide as the range and enduring contributions to African Christianity are immense. Some worship on Sundays while others are Sabbatharians. Equally, the character of the sabbatharian variety is complicated by the fact that some are political while others are safe religious havens for the brutalized Africans. Type 4: Sometimes, a puritan and fundamentalist expression of Christianity would occur within the boundaries of mainline denominations challenging the regnant affirmations and seeking to enlarge the role of the Holy Spirit within the denominational members’ faith and practices.

Music, . . 44 2 Bakuzufu Contested Identities and the Quest for Power in African Christianity 1. The Third Response: Introducing the Historical Discourse From the earliest contact with the gospel, Africans have tended to appropriate its charismatic dimensions, attracted to the extra power offered by the new religion, and stamped it with an African identity. This charismatic and revivalist ferment could best be described with the Luganda word bakuzufu. It means reawakened, or renewed, or even resurrected.

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