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«Succeed Here and in Eternity»

The Prosperity Gospel in Ghana


Wilfred Asampambila Agana

This book presents a qualitative study of the «Gospel of Prosperity» preached by the Charismatic and Neo-Pentecostal churches in Ghana, with a particular focus on its soteriological significance. The author explores the concept of the Gospel of Prosperity from a number of different angles, surveying its historical and ideological background, analysing its specific context in a Ghanaian environment and, finally, looking at its theological and soteriological relevance, compared with classical Christian teaching and especially Catholic systematic teaching. The theological investigation carried out here reveals both divergences and convergences, demonstrating areas where the Catholic tradition is challenged by the Gospel of Prosperity as well as vice versa. This analysis of the strengths and weaknesses within both traditions constitutes a springboard for a possible dialogue and access to common ground. Such a dialogue should be of great interest not only because of its significance for theological scholarship, but also because of the practical influence it could have on the lives of Christians, both in Ghana and elsewhere in the West African subregion.
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Chapter 3: The Ghanaian Context and the Prosperity Gospel


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The Ghanaian Context and the Prosperity Gospel

It came to light in the previous chapter that Pentecostalism and the Prosperity Gospel assume different expressions in different cultural environments, situations and contexts. In this chapter, moving on from the generalized approach in the previous chapter, the focus is on Ghana.1 It is, therefore, a move from the general to the particular phenomenon of the Prosperity Gospel in the Ghanaian context. The intent here is to understand the Prosperity Gospel in the Ghanaian context and look at how far the Ghanaian situation favours not just the growth of the Neo-Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches that we find in Ghana, but more importantly the reception of the Prosperity Gospel. This will entail a close look at the important features and challenges of the Ghanaian society of today, which will constitute the first part of this chapter. It will naturally have to be linked with some aspects of the past that have left indelible and unique marks on the Ghanaian. These are necessary for understanding the Ghanaian and the Ghanaian society today. That is why some aspects of the traditional Ghanaian2 worldview relevant to our theme will also be considered in the second part of this chapter. These two parts will lay the foundation for the next chapter, which will focus on the teachings and practice of the Prosperity Gospel as it is found in Ghana. ← 89 | 90 →

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