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Past Pentecostalism: notes on rupture, realignment, and everyday Life in Pentecostal and African Independent Churches

By Matthew Engelke

Abstract

Pentecostal studies has been one of the most vibrant areas of research in Africa for over twenty years, but is it time we started to look past Pentecostalism? Using some of the most important work in this tradition as a point of departure, this article offers both a critique of and supplement to the Pentecostal literature. It focuses in particular on how we should understand the relationship between Pentecostalism and African Independency by pushing the debates on how to frame their oft-shared desire to ‘break with the past’. Every rupture is also a realignment and how each is conceptualized and understood is a matter not only of discourse but decisions and dilemmas faced in everyday life

Topics: BR Christianity
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.3366/afr.2010.0201
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:31355
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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