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Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa

Paul Gifford


There is an important if largely unremarked diversity within African Christianity; on the one hand, an enchanted Christianity that views the world as pervaded by spiritual forces, and on the other a disenchanted Christianity that discounts such forces. An enchanted Christian sees his glorious destiny threatened by witches, marine spirits, spirit spouses, and ancestral curses. Churches catering for this worldview lay bare the workings of this spirit world, deliver those suffering from spirit attacks, and equip members to combat these forces. This enchanted imagination, along with the prosperity ... More

Keywords: Christianity, development, modernity, Pentecostalism, witchcraft, secularization, prosperity gospel, enchanted imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190495732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Gifford, author
School of Oriental and African Studies