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O discurso da teologia da prosperidade em igrejas evangélicas pentecostais. Estudo da retórica e da argumentação no culto religioso; Theology of prosperity discourses in Pentecostal evangelical churches. Study of rhetorica and argumentation in the religious cult

Silveira, Marcelo
Fonte: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP Publicador: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 29/11/2007 PT
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Esta tese tem o objetivo de fazer um estudo dos recursos retórico-argumentativos, baseados na classificação de Perelman e Olbrechts-Tyteca, e aplicá-los a discursos da Teologia da Prosperidade em oito igrejas evangélicas pentecostais e neopentecostais, gravados preferencialmente in loco e em áudio. Tal objetivo vai ao encontro do desejo de que o uso da leitura retórica possa popularizar-se, para que o auditório, qual seja ele, inteire-se com mais eficácia acerca do discurso, que, por sua vez, quer ser eficaz sobre ele. O estudo foi feito sobre os discursos transcritos, conforme técnicas do projeto NURC - projeto que estuda a Norma Urbana Culta, falada por universitários. Com as análises, foi possível identificar um uso moderado de tal Teologia nas igrejas pentecostais, muito provavelmente influenciadas pelo uso intenso nas neopentecostais.; This thesis aims to study the rhetorical-argumentative resources, based on Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca's classification, and apply them to the Theology of Prosperity discourses in eight Pentecostal and Neo-Pentecostal evangelical churches, recorded preferably in loco and in audio. Such an objective is linked to the wish of having the rhetorical readings used more popularly by the audience...

Religião e política no vale do Paranapanema: a Igreja do Evangelho Quadrangular em Assis-SP (1996-2008)

Paula, Vitor Aparecido Santos de
Fonte: Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) Publicador: Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
Tipo: Dissertação de Mestrado Formato: 148 f.
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Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq); Pós-graduação em História - FCLAS; O presente trabalho tem como objetivo compreender e analisar historicamente a inserção das igrejas pentecostais no campo político brasileiro tomando como eixo de análise a Igreja do Evangelho Quadrangular, na cidade de Assis-SP, entre os anos de 1996 e 2008. No referido período, a Igreja do Evangelho Quadrangular conseguiu, com a mobilização de seus fieis, eleger representantes à Câmara Vereadores de Assis em três legislaturas consecutivas. Em uma cidade marcada historicamente pela proximidade entre o catolicismo e o campo político a entrada de evangélicos na política acabou por deslocar para o campo político disputas próprias do campo religioso. Durante o trabalho procurou-se contextualizar, política e teologicamente, a inserção pentecostal no campo religioso brasileiro, bem como, atentar para as características administrativas e teológicas da Igreja do Evangelho Quadrangular. Deu-se ênfase ao estudo do campo religioso assisense em sua relação com o campo político e ao estabelecimento da Igreja do Evangelho Quadrangular na cidade de Assis. Por fim, procurou-se delimitar as ações desenvolvidas por esta igreja no sentido de obter sucesso junto ao campo político e os perfis de seus representantes eleitos à Câmara de Vereadores local; The present study aims to understand and analyze historically the insertion of Pentecostal churches in the Brazilian political field as an analysis taking the Church of the Foursquare Gospel in the city of Assis...

Modos de subjetivação e demandas de cura nas igrejas neopentecostais: a ética do sexo, poder e dinheiro

Gonçalves, Márcio Antônio
Fonte: Universidade Federal de Uberlândia Publicador: Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
Tipo: Dissertação
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Esta pesquisa analisa os modos de subjetivação e as demandas de cura que são gestados nas igrejas neopentecostais Universal do Reino de Deus e Internacional da Graça de Deus, bem como, busca investigar a ética do sexo, poder e dinheiro presente nessas mesmas igrejas. As igrejas neopentecostais são delimitadas a partir de algumas características fundamentais, a saber, a guerra espiritual contra o diabo, a Teologia da Prosperidade, a superação dos usos e costumes de santidade, uma estrutura empresarial e a utilização da mídia. A demanda de cura é apresentada como um dispositivo ou campo de força agenciador de processos ou modos de subjetivação. Os modos de subjetivação presentes nas igrejas neopentecostais delimitam a constituição do sujeito à luz de uma relação de causalidade que é estabelecida entre os campos da fé e da ética. Se a demanda de cura é potencializada pela experiência da fé, por outro lado, os imperativos éticos moldam e limitam as condições para o processo de subjetivação do fiel. Sexo, poder e dinheiro são evidenciados como dispositivos éticos que buscam estabelecer o desmentido da condição do desamparo humano. Ao abraçar esses dispositivos o sujeito, diante de sua condição faltante...

Nem terno nem gravata: as mudan?as na identidade pentecostal assembleiana

DELGADO, Jaime Silva
Fonte: Universidade Federal do Pará Publicador: Universidade Federal do Pará
Tipo: Dissertação de Mestrado
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Esta disserta??o tem como objetivo fazer um estudo das contradi??es de uma identidade pentecostal em processo, buscando na sua origem uma identidade que lhe era pr?pria, atrav?s de uma an?lise interpretativa de sua literatura, e de uma nova linguagem, que mudou nos ?ltimos vinte anos. Durante oito d?cadas a Assembl?ia de Deus vinha mantendo firme sua identidade, que fez parte do cotidiano das pessoas, e de uma cultura religiosa brasileira que se acostumou a v?-las como fora do mundo, separadas. A chegada das igrejas neopentecostais provocou mudan?as no ethos assembleiano. Atualmente ? poss?vel perceber uma mistura de pr?ticas e cren?as, que aqui perceberemos atrav?s das categorias, identidade e sincretismo. ? cada vez mais presente uma linguagem triunfalista ligada a Confiss?o Positiva.; ABSTRACT: This dissertation has as a purpose to do a study of the contradictions of a pentecostal identity in progress, searching on its origin an identity that was own its on, through an interpretative analyse of its literature and a new language which has changed in the last twenty years. During eight decades the Assembley of God had been holding out tight its identity, that took part of the people?s daily and of a brazilian religious culture that got used to see them as outsiders...

The process of music making for delivering doctrine in the Christian Family Centre (an Adelaide Pentecostal Church).

Bettcher, Nathan James
Fonte: Universidade de Adelaide Publicador: Universidade de Adelaide
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
Publicado em //2011
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Contemporary Pentecostal Church Music has developed rapidly in the past twenty years in Australia although few ethno-musicological writings on Pentecostal Music are yet available. This research investigates the process of music making for delivering doctrine in the Ministry Time at the Christian Family Centre (an Adelaide Pentecostal Church). Fieldwork at the services of the Christian Family Centre was supported by interviews with the participants and contrasted with the researcher’s own observations as a participant. There are three aspects of discussion in the research. First is a discussion on the people involved in the music making. This is explored through an overview of the participants, a detailed analysis of the roles participants fulfil and the team structures that form. Second is an outline of the process used to make music in the services, tracing an idea from concept through to preparation, development, delivery and evaluation. Third is an examination of the musical product of the Ministry Time and a demonstration of how doctrine (orthodoxy) is delivered through lyrics, song style and interpretation of the arrangement by the players (orthopraxy). Analysis of the data reveals the specific roles and leadership structure of the Church Music Team as well as the individual’s contribution to the music making process...

O percurso sócio-cognitivo das recategorizações metafóricas : construção de sentidos na retórica neopentecostal; The path of socio-cognitive metaphorical recategorizações : senses construction in rhetoric neopentecostal

Erik Fernando Miletta Martins
Fonte: Biblioteca Digital da Unicamp Publicador: Biblioteca Digital da Unicamp
Tipo: Dissertação de Mestrado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 28/04/2011 PT
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As igrejas neopentecostais brasileiras adquiriram, nos últimos anos, grande relevância e notoriedade no quadro religioso nacional. Dentre as diversas hipóteses aventadas no campo das Ciências Sociais para a explicação deste fenômeno, destacam-se, para esta dissertação de mestrado em Linguística: i-) a constituição de um campo simbólico no qual a ética neoliberal de consumo não só ganha legitimidade religiosa como é estimulada ii-) a capacidade de exploração simbólica, por parte de seus líderes, dos problemas cotidianos enfrentados por boa parte da população urbana brasileira. Em face destas hipóteses, protagonizadas pela língua, uma das motivações para o desenvolvimento do presente texto está no fato de que não há, até o momento, estudos detalhados sobre o papel das práticas linguísticas de construção de sentidos próprios a este campo. Por essa razão, nossa investigação tem por objetivo principal delimitar a função e explicar a emergência de mecanismos textuais de construção referencial, as recategorizações metafóricas, no contexto da retórica neopentecostal. Justifica-se a escolha das recategorizações metafóricas através da hipótese de que é este um mecanismo muito eficiente para o ato suasório...

Religião e política : socialização e cultura política entre a juventude da Igreja Pentecostal Assembléia de Deus em Porto Alegre - RS

Santos, André Luís dos
Fonte: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Publicador: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Tipo: Dissertação Formato: application/pdf
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O objetivo desta dissertação é investigar os efeitos da tradição apolítica no processo de socialização dos jovens da Igreja Pentecostal Assembléia de Deus em Porto Alegre/RS. O fenômeno da politização verificado entre algumas religiões brasileiras e no comportamento político dos seus adeptos demonstram uma limitação do Estado em prover políticas públicas para os mais necessitados e, na mesma medida, uma progressiva desilusão dessas populações com a democracia e com as suas instituições representativas. Nesse contexto, algumas denominações pentecostais mais tradicionais assumem uma postura declaradamente apolítica, o que nos leva a crer que a teologia pregada nessas igrejas pode, de alguma maneira, influir no processo de socialização política dos jovens que freqüentam mais assiduamente os cultos. Assim, buscou-se enfocar o papel do dogma contido nos discursos das lideranças da Assembléia de Deus sobre a constituição da cultura política da juventude desta denominação evangélica. Partiu-se da hipótese de que quanto mais elevada for a adesão às práticas doutrinárias, maior será a probabilidade de desenvolvimento de uma personalidade orientada para a desvalorização da política e, conseqüentemente...

Frames neoliberais na retórica neopentecostal : aspectos referenciais e sociocognitivos; Neoliberal frames in neopentecostal rhetorics : sociocognitive and referential aspects

Erik Fernando Miletta Martins
Fonte: Biblioteca Digital da Unicamp Publicador: Biblioteca Digital da Unicamp
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 26/08/2015 PT
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Esta tese tem por objetivo investigar e analisar, a partir de uma perspectiva textual-interativa, a configuração de frames associados ao neoliberalismo e que conformam o discurso retórico empregado por líderes de igrejas neopentecostais. A noção de frame, polissêmica, será aqui empregada como referência a certos tipos de padrões interpretativos mobilizados retoricamente por estes líderes, sendo responsáveis, portanto, pela produção e compreensão do discurso religioso neopentecostal. Diante disso, busca-se uma compreensão mais aguçada sobre o agenciamento de experiências sociais, culturais e econômicas cotidianas ¿ associadas àquilo que se convencionou chamar de ideologia ou ideário neoliberal ¿ ao longo da estabilização de conceitos associados à Teologia da Prosperidade no contexto de cultos televisionados de duas igrejas neopentecostais; a Igreja Internacional da Graça de Deus e a Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus. O agenciamento destas experiências, como será visto, é fundamental à constituição de uma racionalidade empresarial e pragmática subjacente às crenças mais características ao neopentecostalismo. Por isso, nesta tese aprofunda-se a percepção, comum à literatura dedicada ao entendimento do neopentecostalismo brasileiro...

“Are you a real Christian?”: Stereotypes, distrust and distinction strategies between “new” and “old” Protestants in Catalonia

Griera,Maria M.
Fonte: Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia - CRIA Publicador: Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia - CRIA
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/11/2008 EN
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The arrival of a high number of followers of the Protestant faith due to the increase in immigration flows has shaped the configuration, expectations for future growth and the public role of the Protestant community in Catalonia. However, the adaptation process between “new” and “old” Protestants has not been free of controversies. In this article, I deal with the analysis of the conflictive relationship between African Pentecostal Churches and the Catalan Protestant establishment. In order to do so, I explore the main transformations of the Catalan Protestant field (the phenomenon of reverse mission and above all the creation of ethnic churches) in recent times. The article is based on the fieldwork carried out among Protestant Churches in Catalonia between the years 2002 and 2006 and on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in an African church in Barcelona in 2004.

The Pentecostal reworking of male identities in Brussels: producing moral masculinities

Maskens,Maïté
Fonte: Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia - CRIA Publicador: Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia - CRIA
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/06/2015 EN
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Addressing the paradoxes of gender in Pentecostal churches attended by converts of African or Latin-American origin in Brussels, it is argued that religious and migratory experiences are intimately intermingled in these spaces and that, in most cases, the geographical shift experienced by male believers has led to questions regarding their “traditional” masculinity. Their capacity to hold the role of breadwinner has often been undermined and they experience a kind of vulnerability against which religious gendered ideology often provides assurance and self-esteem by affirming men as heads of the religious space and chiefs of the household unit. Pentecostal masculinity, although adhering to a model of hegemonic patriarchal masculinity regarding the sexual division of domestic tasks, the recognition of men's formal authority, and an exclusive focus on young women as the purity “capital” of churches, also reveals significant ruptures with that model: religious discourse values domestic involvement, sensibility and gentleness, encouraged and valorised as masculine characteristics. This hybrid posture of Pentecostal masculinity appears as a contrasted gender repertoire allowing men of the church to oscillate between various identifications and social locations according to specific situations and different contexts of enunciation.

Towards a postcolonial Pentecostal historiography: Ramblings from the south

Chetty,Irvin G
Fonte: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Publicador: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/10/2009 EN
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This article focuses on contestations around the birth of Pentecostalism. Azusa Street Pentecostalism is very well documented therefore the bias was tilted in its favour. While this expression of Pentecostalism opened up new frontiers it also displayed some regrettable retreats around the issue of race relations. In stark contrast, both in South Africa and in Brazil, inter alia, societal concerns, inclusive of racial issues have been taken up by a new breed of Pentecostals. The current state of Pentecostalism reveals that the majority of Pentecostals live outside of the USA and Canada and that the rapidly emerging churches in the southern world are Pentecostal and indigenous, and function autonomously from Western Pentecostalism. Starting from the eighties, large independent Pentecostal churches have emerged in Africa. African Pentecostalism in South Africa is a relevant, flexible and rapidly increasing Christian formation. Unlike the dualistic tendencies of Western Christian approaches, the African Pentecostal worldview does not separate the physical from the spiritual or the individual from the social. Los Angeles cannot be viewed as the "Jerusalem" from which the "full gospel" imperialistically emanated centrifugally to the world. Other equally significant and simultaneous Pentecostal outpourings have been overlooked. Pentecostalism historiography may have to engage in perhaps one of the most important postcolonial ecclesiastical reconstructions yet.

Living in the townships: An appraisal of pentecostal social ministry in Tshwane

Molobi,Victor
Fonte: HTS Theological Studies Publicador: HTS Theological Studies
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/03/2014 EN
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This article offers an appraisal of the social ministry of Pentecostal churches through fellowship, healing and livelihood creation in the township communities of the city of Tshwane. In meeting this aim the discussion advances a thesis of these churches as agents of social support and survival of the downcast. In particular, the article attempts to show how these churches exert themselves towards establishing not only moral responsibility, but also a context where the weakest and the least privileged can learn how to survive. The squatter camp people are unique with the special challenges requiring distinctive consideration. Pentecostal churches believe that the lost people matter to God and are of importance to their congregations as well. The backyard Bible study ministries and mutual cooperation strategies are employed for mutual support. Making use of the existing empirical research data and available literature will show how Pentecostal churches in the townships support the laity and community in times of need.

Benutting van liturgiese ruimte in Pinksterkerke

Nel,Marius
Fonte: HTS Theological Studies Publicador: HTS Theological Studies
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/01/2015 AF
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Afrikaans-speaking Pentecostal Churches were originally part of a revival movement that for various historical reasons chose not to be known as a church. The liturgical space in their churches reflected the anticlerical feeling. From the fifties of the previous century, however, it became important for Pentecostal Churches to be accepted as such within the community and the church world. This led to changes in the organisation of the liturgical space that began to duplicate the liturgical space of the three Afrikaans-speaking Sister churches to a large extent. From the nineties pulpits were replaced with a lectern, and the liturgical space adapted to reflect a new emphasis that became important for these churches. This article briefly examines the history of the use of liturgical space within Pentecostal Churches for the purpose of offering a theological reflection on current trends.

A critical evaluation of theological distinctives of Pentecostal theology

Nel,Marius
Fonte: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Publicador: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/05/2014 EN
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What is it about churches with a Pentecostal background that justifies their existence apart from churches from the Catholic, Reformed or Eastern traditions? Is it possible to define a Pentecostal hermeneutic distinctive from the other theological traditions existing within the Christian church? And how would such a distinctive determine the practice of the daily lives of Pentecostals? The question about the possibility of a Pentecostal distinctive is answered in the affirmative and described in terms of the Pentecostal hermeneutic. The distinctive is described in terms of the movement's emphasis on conversion, sanctification, Spirit baptism, healing and other spiritual gifts, and eschatological expectation, and these elements are then illustrated with references to the practice in Pentecostal churches. In this way it is shown how Pentecostals exist theologically and practically along their kindred in other Christian traditions.

From the periphery to the centre: The radical transformation of Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity in the 20th century

Amanze,James
Fonte: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Publicador: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/12/2008 EN
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This article examines the radical transformation of the Pentecostal-charismatic movement in the 20th century and how it has moved from the periphery of the Christian faith to the centre. It is argued in the article that although Pentecostal-charismatic movements were frowned upon in the past, there was a change of heart towards this form of Christianity in the 20th century. From its humble beginnings in the United States of America in the 1900s, Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity is now a global movement with followers both outside of the mainline churches and within the mission churches such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other churches throughout the world. Pentecostal-charismatic movements are here to stay and have become a fourth force in Christendom, thereby becoming a religious power to be reckoned with.

Pentecostal hermeneutics and the marginalisation of women

Gabaitse,Rosinah Mmannana
Fonte: Scriptura Publicador: Scriptura
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/01/2015 EN
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The Pentecostal movement remains one of ambivalence, tensions and paradoxes. On the surface, worship and practice appear democratic, yet research shows that women and men do not occupy the same status because the movement endorses male dominance and submission of women to men. While there is a sense that men and women are equal because both can receive the Spirit, women still remain in the margins. Sometimes women are affirmed and accepted because of the emancipatory role of the Spirit, but at other times they are marginalised through oppressive interpretative practices of the Bible. Although women are given voice, especially because of the belief within Pentecostal churches that the Holy Spirit speaks through men and women, the same voice is taken away when women are subordinated to male power. As such the Pentecostal space is ambivalent, although women are not completely silenced, they occupy a subordinate position. In this article I seek to demonstrate that the marginalisation of Pentecostal women is due to a considerable extent to the ways in which the Bible is read and interpreted within the Pentecostal tradition. I seek to demonstrate that there is a link between the marginalisation of women and Pentecostal hermeneutical strategies such as literal readings and proof-texting of the Bible. I will also highlight how the interpretation of the Trinity is also implicated in the marginalisation of women. In the final section of the article I will demonstrate how Pentecostals' openness to the work of the Holy Spirit should be a destabilising principle for all Pentecostals' oppressive activities...

Glossolalia: Divine Speech or man-made language? A psychological analysis of the gift of speaking in tongues in the Pentecostal Churches in Botswana

Amanze,James N; Shanduka,Tino
Fonte: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Publicador: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/01/2015 EN
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Glossolalia is a very important element in the life of Pentecostal Churches and is at the centre of their spirituality. This paper examines the gift of speaking in tongues from a psychological perspective in order to And out what psychologists say about this very important gift of the Holy Spirit. The paper begins by looking at the history of speaking in tongues in the Church from the day of Pentecost and how it has become the symbol of God's presence in the life of believers in Pentecostal Churches in Botswana today. The paper interrogates glossolalia on whether it is divine language or human language spoken by people who are emotionally charged. This research was undertaken in order to understand glossolalia better, since it is a contested area not only among Christians but also in other world religions where this phenomenon is widely manifested. The present work shows that while theologians are justified to consider glossolalia as divine language, there are indications that in some instances speaking in tongues can be a result of anxiety and human attempts to prove that the Holy Spirit is truly present in one's spiritual life. This conclusion has been reached especially in cases where it has been found that glossolalia is a learned language.

Partners in crime: Pentecostalism and Botswana HIV/AIDS policy on cross-border migrants

Gabaitse,Rosinah Mmannana
Fonte: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Publicador: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/01/2015 EN
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In this paper I seek to interrogate how the theology of some Pentecostal churches, especially the theology that God heals HIV and AIDS, interacts with the situation of cross-border migrants in Botswana. I also seek to discuss the Botswana HIV policy which denies HIV-positive cross-border migrants access to Anti-Retroviral treatment (henceforth ARVs) which has proven to prolong and improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. Conflict exists between Botswana HIV policy on strict adherence to ARVs and some Pentecostal churches' insistence that members of their churches living with HIV are healed by God, and therefore they should not take ARVs. While the Pentecostal Church is a 'home away from home' for migrants, their theology is in constant conflict and clashes with Botswana HIV health policy, even if the reality is that the same policy denies migrants access to HIV services. It is ironic that both the HIV policy and the Pentecostal theology are in pursuit of preserving life; yet, they both deny cross-border migrants that very life.

Religion and human rights in Namibia

Horn,Nico
Fonte: African Human Rights Law Journal Publicador: African Human Rights Law Journal
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/01/2008 EN
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Namibia is one of the most Christianised countries in Africa. Its Christian roots date back to the early nineteenth century, when the first German and Scandinavian missionaries arrived in the country. Before independence, the churches were radically divided between supporters of the struggle for independence (predominantly mainline black churches), so-called apolitical mainline white English-speaking churches and multi-racial charismatic churches and white Reformed and Pentecostal supporters of the apartheid system. After independence, the state did not interfere with the business of the churches. The threat that a SWAPO government would not honour Christian public holidays in an independent Namibia came to naught. The affluent white churches and new Pentecostal churches remained influential and played a strong role in the rejection of a pro-choice Abortion Act. Many churches also supported the government's (and the Supreme Court's) stance against protecting same-sex relationships. The churches also ignored the fate of the small Jewish community. Christians and other religious communities have experienced privileges not always associated with a secular state. However, in the last two years of President Nujoma's term as President, he declared the government's preferential treatment of the historical churches that supported the struggle (Lutheran...

Worship and the Lord's Supper in Assemblies of God, and other selected Pentecostal churches in Nigeria

Mbamalu,Williams O.
Fonte: HTS Theological Studies Publicador: HTS Theological Studies
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/01/2015 EN
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Pentecostals' dominant liturgical principle has traditionally taken the pattern of unlimited expression of emotion and charismata, often formless and emphasising the subjective. The manifestations of the Spirit's direct activity often interpreted as the reason for Pentecostals' antiliturgical position, have in the past few years passed through a paradigm shift. The introduction of concrete rituals encompassing various significations, in a manner reminiscent of African traditions and culture by some churches, shows uncritical engagement with biblical theology of worship. Furthermore, the encouragement of individual appropriation of God's promise in rites performance is a deviation from African traditional emphasis on community function. The researcher employed a participant observation methodology and engagement with pertinent literary works of pastors of the churches investigated. The article shows that the struggle of Pentecostals to be relevant is responsible for its juxtaposition of African traditions and culture with the Spirit in the performance of liturgical rites. The article concludes that in Nigeria Pentecostals' practice of worship encourages the individual to appropriate the biblical promises of God at the expense of the community of Christ whose work in building character and guiding our lives is done through other Christians in the community.