The Prosperity Gospel in Ghana
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 →
A Fertile Ground for the...
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