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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 Catholicism

Enchanted Catholicism

(p.107) 7 Enchanted Catholicism
Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa

Paul Gifford

Oxford University Press

The increasing involvement of Catholicism in development has meant that many Catholics have turned to Pentecostalism to have their specifically “religious” needs met, but many Catholic bodies have become Pentecostalized, exhibiting the enchanted religious imagination and the emphasis on victory outlined in the first few chapters. This chapter illustrates this Pentecostalizing phenomenon, by presenting examples of such “enchanted” Catholic bodies: the Ephphata Movement in Cameroon, a witch-finding parish in Zaire, the Uganda Martyrs Guild, the Marian Faith Healing Ministry in Tanzania, and Kenya’s Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Devil Worship. It also discusses the Catholic Charismatic Movement as exhibiting the same “Pentecostalizing” characteristics and serving similar needs.

Keywords:   Pentecostalization, Enchanted Catholicism, Ephphata Movement, Uganda Martyrs Guild, Marian Faith Healing Ministry, Devil Worship, Catholic Charismatic Movement

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