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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa$
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Terence O. Ranger

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174779.001.0001

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 Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa

 Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa

A Response

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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa

Terence O. Ranger

Paul Gifford

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents seven important points about the topics covered in this volume and the issues the book raises. The first point concerns labels and particularly the labels “evangelical” and “Pentecostal”. The second point relates to “democracy” and politics. The third point raises the question of how leading evangelical church figures relate to elite behavior. The fourth point refers to the danger of placing too much stress on the change of character of those individuals joining such churches. The fifth point reflects on the African economy. The sixth point argues that the “powers that be” may directly use evangelical Christianity for political purposes. The seventh point cites the lack of reference to the enchanted worldview that may underlie much evangelical and pentecostal Christianity in Africa.

Keywords:   evangelicals, Christians, evangelicalism, churches, economy, Pentecostal Christianity

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