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Unity and Diversity within African Pentecostalism: Comparison of the Christianities of Daniel Olukoya and David Oyedepo

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This chapter focuses on two major African Pentecostal churches, with the aim of uncovering precisely what their Christianity is. The two churches are Daniel Olukoya's Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) and David Oyedepo's Living Faith World Outreach, more popularly known as Winners' Chapel. It describes what exactly the Christianity of each church consists in. What the two churches have in common is the concern with victory in this life, Olukoya may mention heaven and hell far more, but even for him this is little more than a formality; his Christianity is just as concerned with this life. Although Oyedepo's success is more exclusively focused on finances than Olukoya's, and finances understood more extravagantly, but their basic orientation is the same, what is called as "victorious living".

Keywords: African pentecostalism; Daniel Olukoya; David Oyedepo; Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM); Winners' Chapel

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