African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonization of Development: Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches

1st Edition

Philipp Öhlmann, Wilhelm Gräb, Marie-Luise Frost

November 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 344 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367358686 - CAT# 326606
Series: Routledge Research in Religion and Development

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This book investigates the substantial and growing contribution which African Independent and Pentecostal Churches are making to sustainable development in all its manifold forms. Moreover, this volume seeks to elucidate how these churches re-shape the very notion of sustainable development and contribute to the decolonization of development.

Fostering both overarching and comparative perspectives, the book includes chapters on West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso), and Southern Africa (Zimbabwe and South Africa). It aims to open up a sub-field focused on African Initiated Christianity within the religion and development discourse, substantially broadening the scope of the existing literature. Written predominantly by scholars from the African continent, the chapters in this volume illuminate potentials and perspectives of African Initiated Christianity, combining theoretical contributions, essays by renowned church leaders, and case studies focusing on particular churches or regional contexts.

Whilst the contributions in this book focus on the African continent, the notion of development underlying the concept of the volume is deliberately wide and multidimensional, covering economic, social, ecological, political, and cultural dimensions. Therefore, the book will be useful for the community of scholars interested in religion and development as well as researchers within African studies, anthropology, development studies, political science, religious studies, sociology of religion, and theology. It will also be a key resource for development policy-makers and practitioners.

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