African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonization of Development: Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonization of Development

Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches, 1st Edition

Edited by Philipp Öhlmann, Wilhelm Gräb, Marie-Luise Frost

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344 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates the substantial and growing contribution which African Independent and Pentecostal Churches are making to sustainable development in all its manifold forms. Moreover, this volume seeks to elucidate how these churches re-shape the very notion of sustainable development and contribute to the decolonization of development.

Fostering both overarching and comparative perspectives, the book includes chapters on West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso), and Southern Africa (Zimbabwe and South Africa). It aims to open up a sub-field focused on African Initiated Christianity within the religion and development discourse, substantially broadening the scope of the existing literature. Written predominantly by scholars from the African continent, the chapters in this volume illuminate potentials and perspectives of African Initiated Christianity, combining theoretical contributions, essays by renowned church leaders, and case studies focusing on particular churches or regional contexts.

Whilst the contributions in this book focus on the African continent, the notion of development underlying the concept of the volume is deliberately wide and multidimensional, covering economic, social, ecological, political, and cultural dimensions. Therefore, the book will be useful for the community of scholars interested in religion and development as well as researchers within African studies, anthropology, development studies, political science, religious studies, sociology of religion, and theology. It will also be a key resource for development policy-makers and practitioners.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: African Initiated Christianity and Sustainable Development Philipp Öhlmann, Wilhelm Gräb, Marie-Luise Frost

Part I: Overarching Perspectives

2. Spirit and Empowerment: The African Initiated Church Movement and Development J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

3. The Challenge of Environment and Climate Justice – Imperatives of an Eco-Theological Reformation of Christianity in African Contexts Dietrich Werner

4. African Initiated Churches and Development from Below: Subjecting a Thesis to Closer Scrutiny Ignatius Swart

5. Distinguished Church Leader Essay: Theology in African Initiated Churches: Reflections from an East African Perspective John Njeru Gichimu

Part II: Nigerian Perspectives

6. Distinguished Church Leader Essay: Roles of Women in African Independent and Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria Atinuke Abdulsalami

7. "A Starving Man Cannot Shout Halleluyah": African Pentecostal Churches and the Challenge of Promoting Sustainable Development Olufunke Adeboye

8. Approaches to Transformation and Development: The Case of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria Babatunde A. Adedibu

9. The Role of Pentecostalism in Sustainable Development in South West Nigeria Mobolaji Oyebiso Ajibade

10. Aladura Churches as Agents of Social Transformation in South-West Nigeria Akinwumi Akindolie

11. Distinguished Church Leader Essay: Aladura Theology: The Case of the Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide Rufus Okikiola Ositelu

Part III: Ghanaian Perspectives

12. Distinguished Church Leader Essay: The Church of Pentecost and its Role in Ghanaian Society Opoku Onyinah

13. An Evaluation of Pentecostal Churches as Agents of Sustainable Development in Africa: A Case of the Church of Pentecost Emmanuel Anim

14. Pentecostalism and Sustainable Development: The Case of Perez Chapel International Sylvia Owusu-Ansah & Philip Adjei-Acquah

15. Distinguished Church Leader Essay: Healing a Strained Relationship between African Independent Churches and Western Mission-founded Churches in Ghana (1967–2017): The Role of Good News Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana Thomas A. Oduro

Part IV: Perspectives from Burkina Faso

16. Distinguished Church Leader Essay: Partnerships for Female Education in Burkina Faso: Perspectives from Evangelical Churches and FBOs Philippe Ouedraogo

17. Investing in the Future Generation: New Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in Urban Zimbabwe Ini Dorcas Dah

Part V: Zimbabwean Perspectives

18. Investing in the Future Generation: New Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in Urban Zimbabwe Simbarashe Gukurume

19. Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity and the Management of Precarity in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe Josiah Taru

Part VI: South African Perspectives

20. Distinguished Church Leader Essay: Cross-Cultural Development in South Africa: A Perspective from Below Danie van Zyl

21. Contested Development(s)? The Possible Contribution of the African Independent Churches in Decolonising Development. A South African Perspective Nadine Bowers-Du Toit

About the Editors

Philipp Öhlmann is Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Research Associate, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Wilhelm Gräb is Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Marie-Luise Frost is a Researcher, Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Research Associate, University of Pretoria, South Africa

About the Series

Routledge Research in Religion and Development

The Routledge Research in Religion and Development series focuses on the diverse ways in which religious values, teachings and practices interact with international development.

While religious traditions and faith-based movements have long served as forces for social innovation, it has only been within the last ten years that researchers have begun to seriously explore the religious dimensions of international development. However, recognising and analysing the role of religion in the development domain is vital for a nuanced understanding of this field. This interdisciplinary series examines the intersection between these two areas, focusing on a range of contexts and religious traditions.

We welcome book proposals on diverse themes such as faith-based development organisations; religious players in health programming; proselytization and development; religion and the environment; gender, religion and development; religion and post-colonialism; and indigenous communities and development.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).

Series Editors:

Matthew Clarke, Deakin University, Australia

Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds, UK

Nathan Loewen, University of Alabama, USA

Editorial board:

Carole Rakodi, University of Birmingham, UK

Gurharpal Singh, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Jörg Haustein, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Christopher Duncanson-Hales, Laurentian University, Canada

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC042000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries