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Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa$
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Paul Gifford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190495732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495732.001.0001

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Enchanted Christianity

Enchanted Christianity

(p.13) 2 Enchanted Christianity
Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa

Paul Gifford

Oxford University Press

The religions of Africa historically have understood reality to be governed primarily by spiritual forces and have considered causality principally in that realm. This religious imagination has persisted into much African Pentecostalism, which identifies causes of misfortune as witches, marine spirits, spirit spouses and ancestral curses. The chapter considers Daniel Olukoya’s Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries as an example of this religious imagination.

Keywords:   Witch, Spirit spouse, Curse, Pentecostalism, Misfortune, Olukoya

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