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Religion and Human SecurityA Global Perspective$
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James K. Wellman and Clark Lombardi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.001.0001

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Striking a Balance: Christianity and the Challenges of Long-Term Human Security in Zimbabwe

Striking a Balance: Christianity and the Challenges of Long-Term Human Security in Zimbabwe

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(p.172) 10 Striking a Balance: Christianity and the Challenges of Long-Term Human Security in Zimbabwe
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Religion and Human Security
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Gladys Ganiel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.003.0010

African evangelical/Pentecostal/charismatic (EPC) Christians—previously dismissed by scholars as apolitical—are becoming increasingly active socially and politically. This chapter presents a case study of an EPC congregation in Harare. It demonstrates how the congregation provides short-term human security by responding to the needs of the poor, while at the same time creating space where people can develop the “self-expression values” necessary for long-term human security. The case study also demonstrates that even under authoritarian states, religious actors can actively choose to balance the immediate demands of short-term human security with the sometimes competing demands of long-term human security. Policymakers can benefit from a greater understanding of how religious actors strike this balance and from a greater appreciation of the variability, flexibility, and religious resources of EPC Christians in such contexts.

Keywords:   African Christians, human security, Evangelical Christians, Pentecostal Christians, Charismatic Christians, congregation, self-expression, religion

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