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Title:'The devil who heals': fraud and falsification in the evangelical career of John G. Lake, missionary to South Africa 1908-1913
Author:Morton, BarryISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African historical review (ISSN 1753-2531)
Volume:44
Issue:2
Pages:98-118
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:missions
Pentecostalism
Zionist churches
Church history
biographies (form)
About person:John Graham Lake (1870-1935)ISNI
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17532523.2012.739752
Abstract:An analysis of the missionary career of John G. Lake shows that the initial spread of Pentecostalism and Zionism in southern Africa was facilitated by the systematic use of fraud and deception. After having fled from Zion City in America in 1907 to escape popular justice, Lake and his missionary party introduced to South Africa an array of faith healing techniques used by the original Zionist John Alexander Dowie. They used these and other forms of deception to build a unified Zionist/Pentecostal movement. Additionally, they trained a number of influential African Zionists to use these methods - a factor that further contributed to the rapid spread of this new religious movement. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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