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Mediating Spiritual Power: African Christianity, Transnationalism And The Media

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Using the example of an African-led charismatic church in Kiev, this chapter examines the uses of texts and other audiovisual material in the mediation of divine power, presence and intervention in the lives of people. This has been done through what is arguably the fastest growing stream of Christianity in various parts of the world. Eastern Europe offers a prime example of the transnational nature of contemporary Pentecostalism and its innovative appropriations of modern media technologies. In this process, African sacramental worldviews have found a place to feel at home in the hearts and lives of people going through challenges similar to those of Africans, as they attempt to find their way within the new capitalist maze. Sacredness courses through religious media, which are the locus of religious sensations. The new African charismatic Pentecostal religion we have encountered here has taken the uses of such religious media to another level.

Keywords: African Christianity; African-led charismatic; Kiev; Pentecostalism



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