A new book by J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu 2013, Contemporary Pentecostal Christianity: Interpretations from an African Context. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 232 pp, ISBN-13: 978-1620328989 (pbk), $23,40 (= Regnum Studies in Global Christianity)
Pentecostalism is the fastest growing stream of Christianity in the world. The real evidence for the significance of Pentecostalism lies in the actual churches they have built and the numbers they attract. In Africa, Pentecostalism has virtually become the representative face of Christianity with even historic mission denominations ‘pentecostalising’ their otherwise formal liturgical structures to survive. This work interprets key theological and missiological themes in African Pentecostalism by using material from the live experiences of the movement itself. An important source of primary material for instance is the popular books written by the leadership of contemporary Pentecostal churches and their media programs. An example of this is that on account of its motivational hermeneutics the Eagle, rather than the Dove, has become the preferred symbol of the Holy Spirit in this nascent dynamic movement. The interpretation of themes from contemporary African Pentecostalism in this book reveals much about how as a contemporary movement, it is reshaping African Christian spirituality in the 21st century.