In recent years the rapid growth of Christian charismatic movements throughout sub-Saharan Africa has drastically reconfigured the region’s religious landscape. As a result, charismatic factions play an increasingly public role throughout Africa, far beyond the religious sphere. This book uses a multi-disciplinary approach to consider the complex relationship between Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity and the socio-political transformation taking place throughout this region.
Each of this text’s three main sections helps in understanding how discourses of moral regeneration emanating from these diverse Christian communities, largely charismatic, extend beyond religious bounds. Part 1 covers politics, political elites and elections, Part 2 explores society, economies and the public sphere, and Part 3 discusses values, public beliefs and morality. These sections also highlight how these discourses contribute to the transformation of three specific social milieus to reinforce visions of the Christian citizen.
Examining contemporary examples with high quality scholarly insight, this book is vital reading for academics and students with an interest in the relationship between religion, politics and development in Africa.
Introduction: Christian Citizens and the Moral Regeneration of the African State, Barbara Bompani and Caroline Valois; Part 1: Regenerating Politics: Nationhood, Political Elites and the Elections; 1 ‘Good Christians, Good Citizens’. Pentecostal-charismatic narratives of citizenship, public action and national belonging in contemporary Uganda, Barbara Bompani; 2 Vox Dei, Vox Populi: Pentecostal Citizenship and Political Participation in Nigeria since 1999, Asonzeh Ukah; 3 Election Prophecies and Political Stability in Ghana, Emmanuel Sackey; 4 Democratic Backsliding, Religious Institutions and the Constitution of Citizenship in sub-Saharan Africa, Elizabeth Sheridan Sperber; Part 2: Regenerating Society: Economies and the Public Sphere; 5 Heavenly Commonwealth and Earthly Good: Contemporary African Pentecostal-charismatic Discourses on Responsible Citizenship, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu; 6 Forging Economic Citizens: Financial Integrity and National Transformation at Watoto Church in Uganda, Caroline Valois; 7 Pentecostals and developmental citizenship in Ethiopia, Emanuele Fantini; Part 3: Regenerating Morality: Values, Public Beliefs and Morality; 8 Sexual Citizenship in Postcolonial Zambia: From Zambian Humanism to Christian Nationalism, Adriaan van Klinken; 9 ‘I will make you into a Great Nation, and I will Bless you’: Citizens, Traitors and Christianity in Kenya, Gregory Deacon; 10 Citizenship beyond the State: Pentecostal Ethics and Political Subjectivity in South African Modernity, Marian Burchardt; 11 Moral models, self-control and the production of the moral citizen in the Ugandan Pentecostal movement, Alessandro Gusman