Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies

Pentecostalism and Cultism in South Africa

Authors: Kgatle, Mookgo Solomon

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  • Acknowledges New Prophetic Churches as part of a broader Pentecostal movement in South Africa
  • Critically engages with the cultic tendencies of New Prophetic Churches
  • Written for scholars and students interested in South African and Global Pentecostalism
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Pentecostalism is a growing movement in world Christianity. However, the growth of Pentecostalism in South Africa has faced some challenges, including the abuse of religion by some prophets. This book first names these prophets and the churches they lead in South Africa, and then makes use of literary and media analysis to analyse the religious practices by the prophets in relation to cultism. Additionally, the book analyses the “celebrity cult” and how it helps promote the prophets in South Africa. The purpose of this book is threefold: First, to draw parallels between the abuse of religion and cultism. Second, to illustrate that it is cultic tendencies, including the celebrity cult, that has given rise to many prophets in South Africa. Last, to showcase that the challenge for many of these prophets is that the Pentecostal tradition is actually anti-cultism, and thus there is a need for them to rethink their cultic tendencies in order for them to be truly relevant in a South African context.

About the authors

Mookgo Solomon Kgatle is Associate Professor at the University of South Africa. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) Y Rated researcher (2019-2024) in the area of African Pentecostalism, and is visiting scholar at the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies-University of Birmingham (2020-2022).

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“With his insider knowledge of South African Pentecostalism, Mookgo Solomon Kgatle is fast emerging as the pre-eminent scholar of this subject, and of the African prophets who are part of a new movement that has arisen in recent years. This study is a necessary read for understanding African Pentecostalism as a whole, for these movements are found throughout the sub-Sahara.” (Allan Anderson, Emeritus Professor, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

 

“This is a highly provocative and creative approach towards a complex religious phenomenon. The book explores dimensions that earlier researchers either overlooked or felt too hesitant to broach. I warmly commend this book to researchers and students from diverse fields and backgrounds as it provides new insights into New Prophetic Churches.” (Ezra Chitando, Associate Professor, History and Phenomenology of Religion, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pentecostalism and Cultism in South Africa
Authors
Series Title
Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69724-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69724-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69723-5
Series ISSN
2634-5854
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 230
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