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«Succeed Here and in Eternity»

The Prosperity Gospel in Ghana

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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 6: Facing the Consequences

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CHAPTER 6

Facing the Consequences

This book has surveyed the concept of the Prosperity Gospel with respect to its historical and ideological background, its Ghanaian environment and execution and, finally, its theological and soteriological relevance as set against classical Christian teaching, particularly Catholic systematic teaching. The latter has revealed some divergences and convergences and indicated realms where the Catholic tradition is challenged by the Prosperity Gospel as well as fields where the Prosperity Gospel does not measure up to comparison. The strengths and weaknesses exposed within both the Prosperity Gospel and the Catholic tradition constitute a springboard for a possible dialogue or encounter, in order to access and assess their possible common perspectives and prospects. Such a dialogue should be of high interest not just because of its usefulness in promoting academic discourse, but because of the significance it will have for the behaviour of believers and the practical living-out of the faith at the grass roots in Ghana and elsewhere in the West African subregion. The need for such a dialogue has to be appreciated in the light of the multicultural and multi-religious environment coupled with serious threats to harmonious co-existence posed by the rising tide of religious and cultural intolerance (e.g. Boko Haram),1 as well as by poverty, corruption etc. In terms of numbers and influence the group of churches that sympathize with the Prosperity Gospel cannot be ignored in Ghana and in the West African subregion. Hence a...

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