Charting African Prosperity Gospel economies

Heuser, Andreas. (2016) Charting African Prosperity Gospel economies. HTS Theological Studies, 72 (4). pp. 1-9.

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This article maps the vital debate on Prosperity Gospel in Africa and its relevance for socioeconomic change. Prosperity Gospel centres mainly on speech acts surrounding faith, wealth and victory, combined with ritual enactments around secondary evidences of divine blessings. Claiming this-worldly success and material well-being as signs of grace it has captured public spheres and has created African religio-scapes of prosperity. The survey on the socioeconomics of African prosperity oriented Pentecostalism firstly traces the historic genealogy of Prosperity Gospel as transposable message. It appears as a generic formula in paradigmatic reinventions of Pentecostalism in post second/cold war America and in its globalization in postcolonial Africa. The double resignification of Pentecostal theology - a rereading of ‘mammon` alongside a new ethic of being in the world – relates to the question of socioeconomic agency.
Faculties and Departments:01 Faculty of Theology > Fachbereich Theologie > Aussereuropäisches Christentum (Heuser)
UniBasel Contributors:Heuser, Andreas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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