By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its smooth charismatic shape has turn into the main noticeable expression of renewal inside indigenous Christianity. The booklet first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, despite a gift decline, the AICs have left an everlasting theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. additionally, it money owed for the increase of the hot self sufficient church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the past due Seventies. as well as this, the publication explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide precious insights into the character of contemporary African Pentecostal spirituality.

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First they provided an agenda for church historians, missiologists and theologians interested in African Christianity. 3 In the 1960s and 1970s, the study of independent churches became something of a ‘cash-crop’ venture among scholars of Christianity in Africa. Hastings observes: The scholar . . looking for an interesting research topic in the field of African religion at that time could hardly fail to be attracted by one of the almost innumerable new churches springing into vibrant existence in Zaire, Kenya, Zambia or Ghana in those years.

To accommodate the different versions, they are referred to in this work as ‘renewal prayer groups’ and ‘within traditional mission churches’ is added where appropriate. Some Current Developments within Ghanaian Christianity The waves of Pentecostal movements in Ghana to be considered in this study are the two types that have emerged mostly as single-congregation independent churches, the Sunsum sorè and the CMs. However, any such study must inevitably be undertaken in the context of current developments within Ghanaian Christianity as a whole, in which three trends may be identified.

On the retention of ritual action in the independent Pentecostal movements of Africa, Ray explains: Most rituals are therefore assumed to have an efficacious aspect; prayers and offerings not only say things, they are supposed to do things. The performative force of ritual speech and action is assumed to attract benevolent powers and repel malevolent ones . . Yoruba go to their shrines to seek cures for their ills, answers to their questions, and guidance in their lives. This pragmatic, ritually centred view of religion .

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