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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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Pentecostalism in the African Map of the Universe

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African Pentecostalism

Ogbu Kalu

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on cultural discourse that reconstructs the African Pentecostal movement's response to the system of meanings embodied in the symbols and worldviews of indigenous African religions and cultures. It starts from a different location to explore the cultural discourse that argues that Pentecostalism has grown because of its cultural fit into indigenous worldviews and its response to the questions that are raised within. It asserts that the indigenous worldview still dominates contemporary African experiences and shapes the character of African Pentecostalism. Therefore, African Pentecostalism is the “setting to work” of the gospel in Africa, at once showing how Africans appropriated the gospel message, how they responded to the presence of the Kingdom in their midst, and how its power transformed their worldviews.

Keywords:   Pentecostal movement, Africa, cultural discourse, Christianity, indigenous

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