African Pentecostalism, the Bible, and cultural resilience : the case of the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa / Kudzai Biri.

Biri, Kudzai [Browse]
  • Bamberg : University of Bamberg Press, 2020.
  • ©2020
296 pages ; 21 cm


Summary note
"This volume, based on a PhD thesis submitted to the University of Zimbabwe, investigates the resilience of Shona religion and culture among ZAOGA Pentecostal Christians. Whereas the Pentecostal ideology suggests that 'old things' have passed away, it appears that 'old things' continue to have high significance for the 'new'. The book demonstrates how belief in avenging spirits, witches and witchcraft, value of words spoken prior to death, the role, status and significance of women, belief in unnatural events, liturgy and salvation have remained relevant to the lives of ZAOGA Shona converts. The patterns of continuity, discontinuity, extension, collaboration, contradiction, re-interpretation and rejection between Shona traditional religion and culture and ZAOGA are explored, challenging the framing of African Pentecostalism as a mere imitation and parroting of US theology. The conclusion is that while ZAOGA self-consciously presents itself as a sophisticated, trans-national and progressive Pentecostal movement, members continue to wrestle with Shona indigenous beliefs and practices. An African womanist framework is adapted to challenge ZAOGA to promote the well-being of women." -- Publisher, page four of cover.
Dissertation note
Submitted and successfully defended as Ph. D. dissertation, University of Zimbabwe, 2013, under the title African Pentecostalism and cultural resilience : the case of ZAOGA.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-285).
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