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Pentecostalism in Europe has been diversified by the underlying substratum of political and cultural history. It has been united by a common Christian heritage, even if this heritage is subdivided into Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox streams. Pentecostals offer a worldview that is more than merely materialistic. There is a spiritual or transcendent dimension to life that goes beyond the ideological restrictions of class-obsessed Marxism or the scientistic insistences of the new atheism. One can say that African Pentecostalism has never been touched by the debates of the Enlightenment and the multiple offshoots of modernity. Pentecostal worldviews coexist with other worldviews, sometimes in an easy post-modern multiculturalism and sometimes as the default position, supported by traditional non-Christian beliefs. Pentecostalism has been beneficial to the position of women in society by providing them with opportunities for self-development and leadership and by recognising their dignity.

Keywords: Africa; pentecostalism



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