By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu
This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its sleek charismatic shape has turn into the main obvious expression of renewal inside indigenous Christianity. The e-book first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, even with a gift decline, the AICs have left a permanent theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. in addition, it debts for the increase of the hot self sustaining church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the overdue Nineteen Seventies. as well as this, the ebook explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide worthwhile insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.
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A. Busia, Report on a Social Survey of Sekondi-Takoradi (London: Crown Agents, 1950), 80. 11 Emmanuel Milingo, The World In Between: Christian Healing and the Struggle for Spiritual Survival (London: C. , 1984), 24, 25. Z. Conco, ‘The African Bantu. A. Ademuwagun et al. ), African Therapeutic Systems (Waltham, MA: Crossroads Press, for African Studies Association, 1979), 72. prophetism and renewal 43 ing is also evident in Western mission theology, but not so with the Sunsum sorè who, by contrast, take seriously belief in the power of witches, evil spirits and other mystical agents of sickness.
Finally the neo-Pentecostal movement also exists in groups within TWMCs, dedicated to their spiritual renewal. In the West such groups are known as ‘Charismatic Renewal’ movements and their existence is traced historically to the 1959 experience of the Episcopalian priest Dennis Bennett in Van Nuys, California. Bennett had experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and, although 33 Donald E. Miller, Reinventing American Protestantism: Christianity in the New Millennium (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997), 1.
The ability of these independent churches to combine the two fundamental elements of ‘Christianity’ and ‘African culture’ in a way that advertised their intentions without undervaluing their African credentials has often been referred to as one of their strong points. This ability, I would argue, made the Sunsum sorè pioneers in the synthesis of Christianity and African religio-cultural conditions. Inculturation is used here in reference to this sensitivity shown towards African religio-cultural ideas and realities in the mediation of the gospel.