African Charismatics: Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana

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African Charismatics: Current Developments Within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana. By J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu. Leiden: Brill, 2005. Pp. xii, 284. Paperback euro54 / $70.

The author, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, is currently lecturer in new religious movements and Pentecostal theology at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana. The present text is a reworking of his Ph.D. dissertation (Univ. of Birmingham, 2000). It is a well-written and carefully researched study (as evidenced by the wide-ranging bibliography), providing a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarship on global Pentecostalism and on the lively Ghanaian scene in particular. The author has a good command of the nexus of forces, local and global, that have resulted in the new wave of charismatic ministries becoming the most visible and influential form of indigenous, independent Christian expression in Ghana today. Readers will find the author's history and comparison of the various forms and sources of Pentecostal-charismatic renewal to be helpful. For example, he recognizes U.S. influence from the outset, despite indigenous roots and appropriations, but rightly argues that it is now but one element of a more global phenomenon. His incorporation of modern media sources provides good evidence of these globalizing trends. …