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"Worlds of the spirit" : exploring african spiritual and new pentecostal church relations in Botswana

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dc.contributor.advisor Maluleke, Samuel Tinyiko Born, Jacob Bryan 2010-05-11T12:23:11Z 2010-05-11T12:23:11Z 2009-11
dc.identifier.citation Born, Jacob Bryan (2009) "Worlds of the spirit" : exploring african spiritual and new pentecostal church relations in Botswana, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Similar to other countries in southern Africa, the relationship between African Spiritual Churches and New Pentecostal Churches in Botswana has been characterized by considerable tension and mutual distrust. Although both movements highlight the third person of the Trinity, the Spirit of God, their followers view the world around them very differently. This study has investigated the relationship between these two types of churches by focusing on their efforts to produce unique ideologies of spiritual power in relation to the two major ideologies in the Botswana context, namely the reified Setswana worldview and the globalizing forces of Western modernity. In order to provide a careful analysis of the relationship between these movements, two churches from each group were chosen as representatives. The Hermon Church and Revelation Blessed Peace Church served as examples for the African Spiritual Churches, while Goodnews Ministries and Bible Life Ministries were the New Pentecostal subjects. Primary research methods included interviews with church leadership, questionnaires for members of each church and participant observation. Church origins, biblical hermeneutics, healing and deliverance rituals, and approaches to cultures and covenants formed the key areas of study. Creating unique “worlds of the Spirit” by means of innovative tactics, both types of churches seek to enable their followers to live well as they produce their contextualized ideologies of power. However, even though both movements lay claim to the Spirit of God as their source of power, the distinctive ideologies emerging from their sermons, technologies, rituals and symbols have brought them into conflict with one another. For African Spiritual Churches, the Spirit of God meets people in the midst of life’s struggles, providing healing and wholeness in all relationships. Their willingness to adopt certain elements of the reified Setswana worldview is a major issue in the conflict with New Pentecostal Churches. For New Pentecostals, the Spirit breaks all covenants made in the past, and empowers “born again” believers to succeed in a modern environment filled with opportunities and challenges. The key missiological concern of this study is to explore the unique efforts of these movements to contextualize the gospel message for Botswana. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 327 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject African Spiritual Church en
dc.subject New Pentecostal Church en
dc.subject Botswana Culture en
dc.subject Contextualization en
dc.subject Spiritual power en
dc.subject Hermeneutics en
dc.subject Church identity en
dc.subject Witchcraft en
dc.subject Pneumatology en
dc.subject.ddc 266.0096883
dc.subject.lcsh African Church
dc.subject.lcsh Pentecostal churches -- Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh Church development, New -- Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh Missions -- Botswana
dc.title "Worlds of the spirit" : exploring african spiritual and new pentecostal church relations in Botswana en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Church Spirituality, Church History and Missiology D.Th. (Missiology)

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