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Pentecostals and Politics in Nigeria and Zambia: An Historical Perspective

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This chapter examines Pentecostal contributions to the second and third "democratic revolutions" and the influence of political culture and changing church-state relations on Pentecostal political theology and practice. The choice of Nigeria and Zambia as case studies enables an exploration of Pentecostals and politics in two regions of Africa. In both countries, Pentecostal political engagement has been closely entwined with national political history. It pays attention to the political trajectories followed by both countries since gaining independence. While there are similarities between Nigeria and Zambia, there are also significant differences in the way that Pentecostals have negotiated the political terrain. The chapter gives a historical overview of Pentecostalism in Nigeria and Zambia, and examines the shift to Pentecostal political engagement during the second "democratic revolution" and Pentecostal contributions to democratic transition in the two countries. The chapter explores Pentecostal political theology and practice following the return to plural politics.

Keywords: Nigeria; pentecostals; Zambia



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