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God in Ghanaian Pentecostal Songs

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This essay is about implicit ideas of God in Ghanaian Pentecostal songs. It examines and discusses some selected songs or choruses sung by Ghanaian Pentecostal churches. Today these songs have ceased to be the prerogative of the Pentecostals; they are sung by all: Christian and non-Christian. The songs I examine in this paper reveal Ghanaian Pentecostal understanding and interpretation of the being and nature of God. The paper aims at demonstrating the naturalness of Ghanaian Pentecostal songs. It also reveals the synthesis of the Akan primal worldview and biblical understanding in the Ghanaian Pentecostal concept of God. Yet this paper demonstrates that Ghanaian Pentecostals show a clear discontinuity with the primal worldview when they subvert the mediatorial and salvific roles of the traditional deities and spirits with those of Christ and the Christian God.

Affiliations: 1: Central University College, P. O. Box DS 2310, Dansoman-Accra, Ghana, West Africa, joeamakye@hotmail.com

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2013-01-01
2016-12-03

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