African Pentecostalism: An Introduction by Ogbu Kalu

By Ogbu Kalu

Throughout Africa, Christianity is prospering in all sizes and styles. 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 corresponding to prophecy or the facility to talk in tongues. In Africa, this type of religion, during which the supernatural is a regular presence, is sweeping the continent. this day, approximately 107 million Africans are Pentecostals -- and the numbers proceed to upward push. during this e-book, Ogbu Kalu offers the 1st ever review of Pentecostalism in Africa. He exhibits the superb range of the religion, which prospers in lots of various kinds in diversified neighborhood contexts. whereas most folks think that Pentecostalism was once dropped at Africa and imposed on its humans through missionaries, Kalu argues emphatically that this isn't the case. through the ebook, he demonstrates that African Pentecostalism is quite African in personality, no longer imported from the West. With an even-handed method, Kalu provides the religion's many features in African existence. instead of shying clear of debatable concerns just like the function of cash and prosperity within the circulate, Kalu describes malpractice whilst he sees it. the one booklet to supply a complete examine African Pentecostalism, this research touches upon the movement's id, the function of missionaries, media and pop culture, girls, ethics, Islam, and immigration. The ensuing paintings will turn out valuable to an individual drawn to Christianity outdoors the West.

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This makes periodization important for naming the movement because a number of the indigenous group developed contacts with the classical groups later. Each of the indigenous group designates itself by its ministerial emphasis, such as evangelicalism, deliverance, intercession, fellowship, Bible distribution, child evangelism, mission to other African countries, mission to the unreached communities within each nation, or by the theological emphasis, such as prosperity, holiness, witchcraft cleansing, spiritual warfare, prophecy, and so on.

Some district officers warned about a renaissance of secret societies as an anti-white bonding. Colonial governments dreaded the competition to rational administrative structures posed by religious power nodes as secret societies, cults, and oracles. Ethiopianism, on the other hand, manifested certain unifying characteristics among the Africans in the diaspora, in the western coast of the continent, and in the southern regions. By understanding how it was conceptualized among the different regions, a clearer perspective would emerge.

Some conjecture that colonialism mellowed during the inter-war years to create a space for the new religious movements. However, one should be cautious with the predominantly functionalist interpretations. A religious explanation would emphasize that God has constantly renewed His people through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This has occurred in many places at different times as an aspect of His love. For instance, it is said that Koreans enjoyed a massive revival just before the wars that traumatized generations; that the revival empowered their survival and recovery.

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