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Title:Aid or Hindrance? Faith Gospel Theology and Ghana's Incorporation into the Global Economy
Author:Darkwah, Akosua K.
Year:2001
Periodical:Ghana Studies
Volume:4
Pages:7-29
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:African Independent Churches
development
Religion and Witchcraft
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
international relations
Abstract:During the last two decades there have been major transitions in the political and religious arenas in Ghana. As Ghana has been more widely exposed to the forces of globalization, there has been an upsurge in religious groups, especially those drawing on faith gospel theology like the Christian Action Faith Ministries (CAFM) and the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC). In this paper the author argues that indubitably membership of such organizations helps Ghanaians cope with the economic realities of life in post-structural adjustment Ghana. Such mental support is fine, but he finds that while such membership does allow Ghanaians to participate in the world economy, this is almost invariably in the role of consumer and not of producer. Ghanaians as a whole do not confront the market as producers as this does not conform to the patterns laid down by their newly accepted theology. The author sees Ghana's economic rescue in such Pentecostal leaders as Mensa Otabil, who propagate a much more economically pro-active policy. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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