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By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

ISBN-10: 1429427361

ISBN-13: 9781429427364

ISBN-10: 9004140891

ISBN-13: 9789004140899

This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its sleek charismatic shape has turn into the main obvious expression of renewal inside of indigenous Christianity. The publication first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, inspite of a gift decline, the AICs have left a permanent theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. in addition, it debts for the increase of the recent self sustaining church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the past due Seventies. as well as this, the ebook explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide helpful insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.

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1 This chapter advances the view that although the Sunsum sorè may be declining quantitatively as noted in chapter 1, their qualitative impact on Ghanaian Christianity continues through an enduring religious and theological heritage. In other words, as Sanneh points out, their diminishing presence has not erased their unique contribution to Africa’s Christian story. This heritage, discussed below, has been delineated under the following themes: the initiation of an effective inculturation process; the normalisation of charismatic experiences in Christian expression and worship; a more practical view of the nature of salvation; the use of oral theology; and an innovative gender ideology.

They also serve as conduits in channelling charismatic practices into TWMCs, from which significant numbers are drawn. Finally the neo-Pentecostal movement also exists in groups within TWMCs, dedicated to their spiritual renewal. In the West such groups are known as ‘Charismatic Renewal’ movements and their existence is traced historically to the 1959 experience of the Episcopalian priest Dennis Bennett in Van Nuys, California. Bennett had experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and, although 33 Donald E.

6. 24 The significant variations within the older independent church movement in Africa have led to the use of such classifications as ‘messianic’, ‘nativistic’, ‘separatist’, ‘spiritist’, ‘millennial’, ‘syncretistic’ and ‘protectionist’ which may be described as etic. I share the view of scholars interested in the study of religion who underscore the value of both the etic and emic approaches in behavioural analysis. However, the etic approach could serve to give the individual movement ‘a functional reasonableness’ or even castigate it as possessing dysfunctional aberrant characteristics.

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