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Aspects of Pentecostal Christianity in Zimbabwe

  • Lovemore Togarasei

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Lovemore Togarasei
    Pages 1-11
  3. History

  4. Doctrine

  5. Socio-Political and Economic Relevance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Tinoonga Shanduka, Lovemore Togarasei
      Pages 151-163
    3. Mervis Zungura, Eve Zvichanzi Nyemba
      Pages 179-195
  6. Theoretical and Methodological Issues

About this book


This edited book offers an engaging portrait into a vital, religious movement inside this southern Africa country. It tells the story of a community of faith that is often overlooked in the region. The authors include leading scholars of religion, theology, and politics from Botswana and Zimbabwe. The insights they present will help readers understand the place of Pentecostal Christianity in this land of many religions.

The chapters detail a history of the movement from its inception to the present. Chapters focus on specific Pentecostal churches, general doctrine of the movement, and the movement’s contribution to the country. The writing is deeply informed and features deep historical, theological, and sociological analysis throughout. Readers will also learn about the socio-political and economic relevance of the faith in Zimbabwe as well as the theoretical and methodological implications raised by the Pentecostalisation of society.

The volume will serve as a resource book both for teaching and for those doing research on various aspects of the Zimbabwean society past, present, and future. It will be a good resource for those in schools and university and college departments of religious studies, theology, history, politics, sociology, social anthropology, and related studies. Over and above academic and research readers, the book will also be very useful to government policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and civic societies who have the Church as an important stakeholder.


Pentecostalism Christianity in Zimbabwe Gospel of Prosperity Socio-politics Biblical interpretation Health and Well Being African Initiated Churches (AICs) Zimbabwean Politics Religious Pluralism History of Pentecostal Christianity in Zimbabwe Case of African Initiated Churches as Pentecostals Pentecostalism and Charismatism in Zimbabwe Pentecostal Gospel of Prosperity in Zimbabwe role of Pentecostalism in women empowerment Pentecostal Christianity and Religious Pluralism Case study of ZAOGA and Shona Traditional Religion Pentecostal Kairos

Editors and affiliations

  • Lovemore Togarasei
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Theology and Religious StudiesUniversity of BotswanaGaboroneBotswana

About the editors

​Lovemore Togarasei, is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana. He has also served as a Professor Extraordinare at the North West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa, Guest Professor at Zimbabwe Open University and Visiting Professor, University of South Africa. Togarasei has also taken visiting research fellowships at University of Cambridge (Britain), Edinburgh University (Scotland) University of Leiden (Netherlands). His research interests lie in the areas of the use the Bible (especially among Pentecostal churches) in addressing socio-political and economic issues such as HIV and AIDS, politics, masculinity and gender, poverty, etc.

Bibliographic information


“Aspects of Pentecostal Christianity in Zimbabwe is a most useful resource to understand the particular theological and ecclesiological matrix of a rapidly expanding faith. … This work is an enrichment to the field of African Pentecostalism and World Christianity, as it represents a hopeful promise of what is to come from indigenous African theologians and historians in the wake of globalization.” (Lucinda Yang, Pneuma, Vol. 41, 2019)