African‐Instituted Churches in Pentecostal Rhetoric
Whether to include the African Instituted Churches (AICs) in the growing Pentecostal movement is a strongly debated subject in African church historiography. The diatribes in Pentecostal rhetoric and practices have demonized the AICs as “white garment churches” or mademoni, people covenanted to familiar spirits. This chapter presents a historiographical survey of the discourses deployed by scholars to adjudicate the soured relationship and the estrangement of the Pentecostals and AICs, or counsel them to live in peace and be counted in the same category as the map of world Christianity changes.
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