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African Pentecostalism: An Introduction

Ogbu Kalu


Across Africa, Christianity is thriving in all shapes and sizes. But one particular strain of Christianity prospers more than most — Pentecostalism. Pentecostals believe that everyone can personally receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as prophecy or the ability to speak in tongues. In Africa, this kind of faith, in which the supernatural is a daily presence, is sweeping the continent. Today, about 107 million Africans are Pentecostals — and the numbers continue to rise. This book reviews Pentecostalism in Africa. It shows the amazing diversity of the faith, which flourishes in many diff ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Pentecostals, Holy Spirit, prophecy, speaking in tongues, supernatural, missionaries, media, popular culture, Islam

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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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Ogbu Kalu, author

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Part I Precedents in Early Charismatic Movements, 1900–1960s

Part II The Modern Pentecostal Movement, 1970s–1990s

Part III Pentecostalism in the African Public Space

Part IV Pentecostal Words and Worlds