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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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Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa

Paul Gifford

Oxford University Press

Historically Africa’s religions have placed great stress on status, achievement, wealth and health. This orientation has persisted also into much African Pentecostalism, often supported by the faith gospel or health and wealth gospel propounded by much North American Pentecostalism. This chapter considers the Nigerian David Oyedepo’s Winners’ Chapel as an example of this prosperity Pentecostalism, examining his teaching, the rituals he has introduced (like anointing, foot-washing, the mantle), and the prophetic anointing he increasingly claims for himself.

Keywords:   Victory, Faith, Prosperity, Wealth, Scripture, Ritual, Anointing, Prophetic authority

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