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Title:Christian Fundamentalism and Development in Africa
Author:Gifford, Paul
Year:1991
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:18
Issue:52
Period:November
Pages:9-20
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:Christianity
fundamentalism
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056249108703918
Abstract:this article discusses the characteristics of the fundamentalist form of Christianity which emerged in early 20th-century America and reemerged as a significant trend in the late 1970s. The author describes the spread of this form of Christianity to Africa in the 1980s and its implications in the present crisis in Africa. The central argument is that features which characterize fundamentalist Christianity - millennial thinking, whose most popular form today is called dispensationalism; the faith gospel; belief in evil spirits and demons as the cause of all evil; depreciation of worldly matters; total reliance on divine intervention - all or some of which are found in particular fundamentalist theology, encourage a passive acceptance of disasters and misfortune and a lack of social responsibility, leading to the absence of any commitment to development. Bibliogr.
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