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Title:A new Christianity for a new South Africa: Charismatic Christians and the post-apartheid order
Author:Czeglédy, André P.
Year:2008
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:38
Issue:3
Pages:284-311
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Pentecostalism
secularization
sermons
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157006608X323504
Abstract:The international growth of Pentecostalism has seen a rush of congregations in Africa, many of which have tapped into a range of both local and global trends ranging from neoliberal capitalism to tele-evangelism to youth music. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this paper focuses on the main Johannesburg congregation of a grouping of churches that have successfully engaged with aspects of socioeconomic transformation in postapartheid South Africa. Such engagement has involved conspicuous alignment with aspects of contemporary South African society, including an acceptance of broader policy projects of the nation State. The paper argues that the use of a variety of symbolic and thematic elements of a secular nature in the Sunday services of this church reminds and inspires congregants to consider wider social perspectives without challenging the sacred realm of faith. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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