The Prosperity Gospel in Ghana
Foreword by Allan H. Anderson
← x | xi →
I am delighted to write a foreword to this comprehensive study on the Prosperity Gospel in Ghana, and much of what Wilfred Agana has written in this fine book applies to the whole of the African continent. To look for the origins of this doctrine one need look no further than to Pentecostalism, out of which it grew and where its most prominent African exponents are found. The expansion of Pentecostalism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in Africa can be attributed, at least partially, to cultural as well as religious factors. German sociologist Max Weber, as Agana points out in his opening chapter, thought that religion on the whole, and Protestantism in particular, indirectly enforced and justified existing wealth and power structures in society. His thesis was that Protestantism encourages thrift, strict morality and hard work, and therefore results in economic improvement and supports social stratification, although this result was unintentional. The question here is to what extent Pentecostalism has engendered this “Protestant ethic” in Africa, especially through the widespread Prosperity Gospel by which a success ethic of new entrepreneurial activity and voluntary association are intentionally promoted, and consumerism and materialism are seen as spiritual virtues. As Amos Yong argues, the rise of “prosperity Pentecostalism” in the Majority World has brought about an embrace of the global market economy and its hedonistic consumption, and “successful and victorious Christian living is now measured by Western economic standards”.1
There have been...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.