Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa Paul Gifford

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Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa  by  Paul Gifford

Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa by Paul Gifford
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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.AnMoreThere 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 pastors 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 Webers 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.



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