African Charismatics

Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana


This volume examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its modern charismatic form has become the most visible expression of renewal within indigenous Christianity. The book first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated churches (AICs) to local Christianity arguing that, in spite of a present decline, the AICs have left an enduring theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. Furthermore, it accounts for the rise of the new independent churches, the charismatic ministries. These have been proliferating across the West Africa sub-region since the late 1970s. In addition to this, the book explores how the emphases of the new Ghanaian charismatics—internationalism, transformation, prosperity, healing and deliverance—provide useful insights into the nature of modern African Pentecostal spirituality.

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J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Ph.D. (2000), University of Birmingham, is Lecturer in New Religious Movements and Pentecostal Theology at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana. He has published on modern African Christianity.
'Dr. Asamoah-Gyadu must be commended for coming out with this serious study which can indeed be described as a classic textbook on the vital subject of Pentecostal/Charismatic renewal in Ghana. It is highly recommended to all Theological Institutions.'
John D.K. Ekem, Trinity Journal of Church and Theology.
All those interested in the contextual significance of global Pentecostal/charismatic movements, African Christianity, Religion in Africa and modern African theologies.
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