The Healer-Prophet in Afro-Christian Churches

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Apart from the mainline, Pentecostal, and Zionist churches, there are different types of African Independent/Indigenous Churches (AIC). The greater part of the more than four thousand denominations and eight million adherents came into the AIC during the past three decades, mainly from the traditional African religious background.
The important role of the diviner in the traditional society has been replaced by the prophet in the AIC; the prophet understands the worldview of his/her people, especially the cultural diseases. In some churches the office of prophet cum diviner is represented by one person.
The AIC movement is the most dynamic church movement in many parts of Africa, especially Southern Africa. The consistent growth of these churches can largely be accounted for by the healing procedures they use, which ar highlighted in this study.
Dr. Oosthuizen approaches healing from various angles, as sickness is not only determined by physical and psychological factors, but also by disturbed human relationships and socio-political and economic tensions.
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Biographical Note

Gerhardus C. Oosthuizen is Emeritus Professor of Religion, University of Durban-Westville and Director of the Research Unit for New Religious Movements and Independent Churches (NERMIC) under the University of Zululand, and has studied and taught at universities in South Africa, the United States, Holland and Germany. He is the author, co-author or editor of more than 30 books.

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' The main importance of this book is its valuable body of research findings collected in the metropolitan Durban area.'
Noel Q. King, International Journal of African Historical Studies, 1994.
' ...fascinating and informative...'
Martin Parmentier, Tijdschrift voor filosofie en theologie, 1996.

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Church historians, theologians, and anthropologists.

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