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Spirit-Filled World

Religious Dis/Continuity in African Pentecostalism

Book

Part of the Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies book series (CHARIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. African Pentecostalism in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 3-22
    3. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 23-50
    4. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 51-78
  3. A Spirit-Filled World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 81-112
    3. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 113-142
    4. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 143-171
  4. The Spirit in a Spirit World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 175-212
    3. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 213-250
    4. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 251-257
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-274

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Soshanguve Tshwane tokoloshe Exorcism witch

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom

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).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Spirit-Filled World
  • Book Subtitle Religious Dis/Continuity in African Pentecostalism
  • Authors Allan Heaton Anderson
  • Series Title Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73730-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-73729-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08845-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-73730-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 274
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism
    African Culture
    History of Sub-Saharan Africa
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Reviews

“Anderson produces yet another important contribution to the growing body of scholarship by and about Pentecostals; his work deserves wide readership among theologians, sociologists, anthropologists, and historians of Pentecostalism.” (Martin W. Mittelstadt, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 45 (2), June, 2019)