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Pentecostalism and the Transformation of the African Christian Landscape

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This chapter uses the umbrella expression "pneumatic movements" to refer to Christian communities that privilege the experience of the Holy Spirit in Christian life and worship. It brings into the discussion groups such as the African independent churches (AICS) of the early 20th century, various classical Pentecostal denominations and other new or contemporary Pentecostal churches that have burgeoned in urban Africa in the last three decades. The chapter takes a religious approach to the interpretation of African Pentecostalism. It begins with a historical overview of its development and continues with an interpretation of what the rise of Pentecostalism means for understanding of African Christianity generally. Pentecostalism based on its roots as a biblical word from Acts 2 is basically a movement of the Holy Spirit based on experience and the expressions of charismatic phenomena.

Keywords: African Christianity; African Pentecostalism; pneumatic movements



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