Explaining the Growth and Legitimation of the Pentecostal Movement in Africa

  • Olufunke Adeboye
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


In this chapter, Adeboye interrogates the supposed growth and acceptability of the Pentecostal movement in Africa. While the chapter explores various indices and strategies of growth, it argues that perennial turbulent splintering—a major shortcoming of African Pentecostalism—has often been misinterpreted as numerical growth. Adeboye notes that while the question of legitimacy was a big issue during the colonial period, it has mostly been resolved in the postcolonial context, both within formal secular state structures and within Christian ecumenical bodies. She concludes by probing Pentecostal engagement within larger Christian spaces and noting the reluctance of some Pentecostals to engage in interfaith dialogue and global ecumenism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olufunke Adeboye
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  1. 1.University of LagosLagosNigeria

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