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Charismatic Christianity

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This chapter describes empirically the main characteristics of Ghana's Pentecostal-like churches. It has raised some of the issues concerning the efficacy of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity as a mediator of modernity. The chapter has considered the role of the Pentecostal/charismatic phenomenon in the spread of global culture. It highlights three strands of thought concerning the gender implications of Pentecostalism. First, that Pentecostal Christianity reinforces patriarchy by perpetuating an ideology of domesticity; second, that Pentecostalism generates a gender ideology that transforms patriarchal family structures and encourages social reform through the changed behaviour of individuals, especially men; and third, that contemporary forms of the North American evangelical movement prioritise feeling good" and individual self-worth above patriarchal ideologies and the reassertion of gendered hierarchies.

Keywords: charismatic christianity; gender inequalities; Ghanaian churches; North American evangelicalism; Pentecostalism



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