Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 28 October 2020

Pentecostalism and Modernity

Pentecostalism and Modernity

(p.47) 4 Pentecostalism and Modernity
Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa

Paul Gifford

Oxford University Press

The enchanted and prosperity forms of Pentecostalism often overlap and have much in common, although the possible variety is considerable. Many scholars claim that Pentecostalism is a force for development and modernity in Africa. This chapter challenges that view, arguing that to the extent that a church understands spirits as principal causes it diminishes human agency, undermines social capital by encouraging fear and distrust, and militates against the scientific rationality that underpins the modern world. The faith gospel or gospel of prosperity is not a new form of Weber’s Protestant Ethic, and to the extent that a Pentecostal church preaches prophetic wealth it perpetuates Big Man Syndrome, one of the blights of Africa.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, Modernity, Human agency, Social capital, Science, Protestant Ethic, Big Man Syndrome

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .