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A View of Ghana's New Christianity

Paul Gifford

in The Changing Face of Christianity

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177282
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835812 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177282.003.0005
A View of Ghana's New Christianity

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This chapter observes and interprets new forms of independent Pentecostal Christianity emerging in Ghana, West Africa. The new churches emphasize faith healing, a prosperity gospel, and deliverance from demons. Some of the pastors have become prominent on local media outlets with their own television and radio programs, and in some cases, broadcasting stations. One group established a private university. These groups compete and contend with more traditional churches, but some have begun to shift toward more classically Christian approaches to social ministry and personal spirituality. The current popularity of prosperity gospel teaching suggests that materialism and an instrumental approach to religion may be integral to African traditional values and worldviews.

Keywords: Deliverance; faith healing; Ghana; materialism; Pentecostal Christianity; prosperity gospel; West Africa

Chapter.  7228 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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