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African Charismatics: Current Developments Within by Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its glossy charismatic shape has develop into the main seen expression of renewal inside of indigenous Christianity. The ebook first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, even with a gift decline, the AICs have left an everlasting theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. in addition, it debts for the increase of the hot self sustaining church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the overdue Seventies. as well as this, the booklet explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide valuable insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.

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A. Busia, Report on a Social Survey of Sekondi-Takoradi (London: Crown Agents, 1950), 80. 11 Emmanuel Milingo, The World In Between: Christian Healing and the Struggle for Spiritual Survival (London: C. , 1984), 24, 25. Z. Conco, ‘The African Bantu. A. Ademuwagun et al. ), African Therapeutic Systems (Waltham, MA: Crossroads Press, for African Studies Association, 1979), 72. prophetism and renewal 43 ing is also evident in Western mission theology, but not so with the Sunsum sorè who, by contrast, take seriously belief in the power of witches, evil spirits and other mystical agents of sickness.

38 The CMs undoubtedly may have siphoned off some members from the Sunsum sorè. There are examples of Sunsum sorè that have metamorphosed into ‘Charismatic churches’ in order to survive. However, as this study seeks to demonstrate in chapter 3, the causes of the decline of the Sunsum sorè cannot be explained simply in terms of a massive drift into CMs. A glance at the demographic composition of the Sunsum sorè and CMs would reveal that the two versions of indigenous Pentecostals have different clienteles.

9 An acceptance of the supernatural, and the provision of ritual contexts within which to engage it, in our view gave the indigenous Pentecostal movements a pastoral and theological edge over Western missionary Christianity. In the religious consciousness of Sunsum sorè 8 Shank, ‘Black Elijah’, 6. Noel Smith, The Presbyterian Church of Ghana 1835–1860 (Accra: Ghana Universities Press, 1966), 265–266. 9 42 chapter two and churches in that category, the spirit beings in African cosmology, except for the Supreme Being, have endured as demonic powers with Satan as their supreme commander.

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