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Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies

Spirit-Filled World

Religious Dis/Continuity in African Pentecostalism

Authors: Anderson, Allan Heaton

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  • Examines traditions, beliefs, and practices of African Pentecostalism
  • Discusses the religious life in both an intra-Christian and interreligious way
  • Brings the central debate of Pentecostal studies into dialogue with theology and religious studies
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About this book

This book is about African Pentecostalism and its relationship to religious beliefs about a pervading spirit world. It argues that Pentecostalism keeps both a continuous and a discontinuous relationship in tension. Based on field research in a South African township, including qualitative interviews and focus group discussions, the study explores the context of African Pentecostalism as a whole and how it interacts with the concepts of ancestors, divination, and various types of spirit. Themes discussed include the reasons for the popularity of healing, exorcism, the “prosperity gospel,” the experience of the Holy Spirit, Spirit manifestations and practices resembling both traditional and biblical precedents, as well as scholarly discussions on African Pentecostalism from theological and social scientific disciplines. The book suggests that the focus on a spirit-filled world affects all kinds of events and explains the rapid growth of Pentecostalism outside the western world.

About the authors

Allan Heaton Anderson is Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham, England. He is author of many articles and books, including An Introduction to Pentecostalism (2014), To the Ends of the Earth (2013), and Spreading Fires (2007).

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“This book is a penetrating analysis of the characteristics and manifestations of an African pneumatology. I have great respect for Allan Anderson’s approach. We share methodological commitments to empirical research that contributes toward a depth perspective sometimes lacking in studies based on theory rather than experience and observations of the people themselves. Taking seriously the deeper experience and beliefs of the actual people studied results in challenging and valuable insights. Anderson has an identification with and understanding of the interaction among the Spirit, power concepts, and the African spirit world. This interaction inspires increasing receptivity towards the movement of God’s Spirit.” (M.L. (Inus) Daneel, Boston University, USA)

“Working both as an insider and an outsider whose personal experience and academic writing represent ‘continuity and discontinuity’ with the subject of this book, Anderson is a reliable and persuasive exponent of Pentecostalism. In his latest book he marshals field evidence to explore issues of convergence and divergence with African ideas of the spirit world, which he doesn’t reduce to mysticism or immobilize in material objects. The Christian framework captures the dynamic nature of reception and appropriation as a general feature of the Christian movement, with African Pentecostalism a vivid manifestation of it. The book is an instructive model of interpretation anchored in real life situations and conveyed in clear, lively prose. It deserves to be welcomed.” (Lamin Sanneh, Yale University, USA)

“When dealing with the study of Pentecostalism as a global movement, the depth and breadth of knowledge that Allan Anderson brings remains unparalleled.  In this new volume, Spirit-Filled World, he tackles deftly the delicate balance in the intersection—continuity/discontinuity—between Pentecostalism and African traditional cultures.  In doing this, Anderson relies on decades of teaching and experiencing Pentecostalism across cultures to beat for us a new path that will inspire innovative ways in which to encounter, experience, understand and teach Pentecostalism as, currently, the defining religious player in what counts as World Christianity.” (J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 95,19 €
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Hardcover 119,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73729-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 119,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08845-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spirit-Filled World
Book Subtitle
Religious Dis/Continuity in African Pentecostalism
Authors
Series Title
Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73730-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73730-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73729-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08845-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 274
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