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Spirit and PowerThe Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism$
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Donald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, and Richard Flory

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199920570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920570.001.0001

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Reconfiguring the Global Religious Economy

Reconfiguring the Global Religious Economy

The Role of African Pentecostalism

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Spirit and Power

Afe Adogame

Oxford University Press

In this rapidly globalizing era, significant religious transformations and developments are reshaping traditional religious maps. Most significantly, Pentecostal and Charismatic movements are reshaping Global Christianity, particularly in the global south. However, an unresolved question in Pentecostal studies concerns the provenance and texture of these new forms of religiosity; whether the emerging phenomenon in the South is homegrown or to what extent it is linked to external impulses. This chapter challenges the assumption that Pentecostalism, as a new form of African Christianity, was fully packaged in the U.S. and delivered to Africa. Adogame argues that such assumptions fail to take into account the diversity and complexity of African Christianity, and glosses over indigenous religious creativity and innovation. Drawing from recent religious ethnography, the chapter explores how internal religious characteristics and self-financing dynamics and strategies act as significant stimuli for Pentecostal growth and demographic spread in Africa and in the diaspora, in ways that they are increasingly reconfiguring the global religious economy.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism (and): Africa, U.S., religious economy, indigenous, networks, transnational

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