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Christianity, Gender And Cultural Authenticity

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The issue of religious and cultural authenticity" recurs in analyses of Christianity in Africa, particularly in regard to the rise of neo-Pentecostal or charismatic spiritualities. This concluding chapter of the book address Mercy Amba Oduyoye's critique of the new churches with a view to clarifying preceding arguments concerning the nature and appeal of born-again Christianity in the context of Ghanaian gender politics, as well as addressing the problem of representation in the work of African feminist writers and theologians. African religion addresses the impact of spiritual forces on the happenings of everyday life, and it is partly through such a world-view that the new churches mediate and interpret Ghana's shifting gender politics.

Keywords: christianity; cultural authenticity; Ghanaian gender politics; Mercy Amba Oduyoye; spirit forces



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