Spirit-Filled World

Religious Dis/Continuity in African Pentecostalism

  • Allan Heaton Anderson

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
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  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
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  4. The Spirit in a Spirit World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Allan Heaton Anderson
      Pages 175-212
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-274

About this book


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.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Allan Heaton Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73729-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73730-0
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