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The Pentecostal Church

Ben Jones

in Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635184
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635184.003.0005
The Pentecostal Church

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This chapter discusses how the growth of Pentecostalism, a seemingly isolationist and oppositional form of Christianity, was central to broader developments in the sub-parish, explaining the significance of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God by discussing the nature of Pentecostalism and the importance of Pentecostal revivalism in Africa. It then looks at the particular context of rural Teso, where Pentecostalism took on significance during the insurgency years of the late 1980s and early 1990s. There follows a discussion of the way the church was incorporated into village life in the second half of the 1990s, with Pentecostalism adding to and complicating the way life was organised in Oledai. This point is illustrated through examples where church members use their religious identity in the course of everyday activities, such as developing a political career in the village or settling a land dispute in church.

Keywords: Pentecostalism; Christianity; Assemblies of God; Teso; Oledai

Chapter.  9726 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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