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African PentecostalismAn Introduction$
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Ogbu Kalu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340006.001.0001

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 Masters on Horses

 Masters on Horses

The Roots of Pentecostal Public Ethics

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African Pentecostalism

Ogbu Kalu

Oxford University Press

The interdisciplinary approach to interpreting African Pentecostalism could gain much from the discourses on modernity and globalism. This chapter profiles the globalization discourse as a version of the modernity discourse writ large, and points to its limitations. It illustrates the application of the instrumentalist discourse in the work of one of the avid commentators, Paul Gifford. Finally, it builds the backdrop for a different understanding of Pentecostal practice by arguing that the practice is a response to the substratum of African political culture.

Keywords:   African Pentecostalism, globalization discourse, instrumentalist discourse, modernity, Paul Gifford, political culture

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