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The Resource Christianity, development and modernity in Africa, Paul Gifford

Christianity, development and modernity in Africa, Paul Gifford

Label
Christianity, development and modernity in Africa
Title
Christianity, development and modernity in Africa
Statement of responsibility
Paul Gifford
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"There is an important if largely unremarked diversity within African Christianity; on the one hand, an enchanted Christianity that views the world as pervaded by spiritual forces, and on the other a disenchanted Christianity that discounts them. An enchanted Christian sees his glorious destiny threatened by witches, spirits, and ancestral curses. Churches catering for this worldview lay bare the workings of this spirit world, and this enchanted imagination, along with the prosperity gospel, and emphasis on the pastor's "anointing, " are the principal characteristics of much African Pentecostalism. Gifford argues that the enchanted religious imagination militates against development by encouraging fear and distrust, diminishing human responsibility and agency, and downplaying functional rationality. The prosperity gospel of "covenant wealth from tithes and offerings" is the antithesis of Weber's Protestant ethic; and to magnify the person of the pastor is to perpetuate the curse of the "Big Man". Official Catholicism, totally disenchanted and long associated with schools and hospitals, is now involved in development, from microfinance to election monitoring, from conflict resolution to human rights. This "NGO-ization of Catholicism, " made almost inevitable by funding from secular donors like the EU and UN, even if defended theologically, comes at the price of failing to address the "religious" needs of so many African Christians."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gifford, Paul
Dewey number
276
Index
index present
LC call number
BR1360
LC item number
.G54 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Catholic Church
  • Christianity and culture
  • Pentecostalism
  • Christianity
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Africa
Label
Christianity, development and modernity in Africa, Paul Gifford
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-177) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The issues -- Enchanted Christianity -- Victory -- Pentecostalism and modernity -- Global Catholicism -- Catholicism and development -- Enchanted Catholicism -- African Catholic theology -- Conclusion: African Christianity and modernity
Control code
000402358
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 187 pages
Isbn
9780190495732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000402358
  • (OCoLC)920446910
Label
Christianity, development and modernity in Africa, Paul Gifford
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-177) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The issues -- Enchanted Christianity -- Victory -- Pentecostalism and modernity -- Global Catholicism -- Catholicism and development -- Enchanted Catholicism -- African Catholic theology -- Conclusion: African Christianity and modernity
Control code
000402358
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 187 pages
Isbn
9780190495732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000402358
  • (OCoLC)920446910

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