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Complex roots and dynamics of Pentecostalism in African Christianity – Lausanne Movement

It is important to note that “charismatic” manifestations based on the “pneumatic aspect of Christianity” predated or came in parallel with the Asuza street and subsequent pentecostal-type revivals in the West. Has African Pentecostalism truly matured a distinctive spirituality? What is distinctive about present day African Christianity dominated by Pentecostalism? How far is this distinctiveness in spirituality connected to a continuity of African spirituality in African Pentecostalism and African Christianity in general?

In almost all denominations in Africa, one can recognize the profound influence of Pentecostal spirituality. Whether they worship in an Anglican or a Methodist church, African Christians offer exuberant songs of celebration to the Lord, often with overwhelming emotion. Spiritual warfare and exorcism are everyday ministries for African pastors. African Christians’ strategic response to the influence of globalization has produced a creative synthesis which combines the universal truth of Christianity with charismatic spirituality born out of their tradition.

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Daewon Moon serves as Academic Dean at International Leadership University in Burundi and originally hails from South Korea

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