Joseph Quayesi-Amakye

Christology and Evil in Ghana

Towards a Pentecostal Public Theology

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    Auteur Joseph Quayesi-Amakye
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Association de Boccard

    Pentecostalism has traditionally always been other-worldly in the sense that Pentecostals tend to believe that people’s lives are controlled by unseen powers that are responsible for both good and bad. This makes people look for a power that is stronger than those of evil and can ensure that believers enjoy good health and prosperity. Pentecostals find this power in Jesus Christ, who is victorious over all evil powers, and therefore pray that Jesus will save them. For them, life is characterised by suffering and evil, but in Christ they are conquerors, and life is full of concrete blessings. Using songs and sermons, this book shows the main widespread beliefs of the leadership and grassroots members of the Church of Pentecost (Ghanaian Pentecostals) on Christology and evil. It discusses their fear of evil and their finding solace in the power of Jesus. The author supplements this attitude by the biblical calling to help build a just and peaceful society. He thus develops a theology of the public domain in which the church can make a difference by developing its diaconal services, establishing more educational institutions, and helping—together with people who want to collaborate—build a just and more affluent society with good healthcare and a literate and thriving population. This book balances on the interface between traditional African religious ideas and practices and Christian ideals for a more humane society.

    Table of Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations Why Study Christology and Evil in Ghanaian Pentecostalism? Motivation and Objective Description and Complexities of the Journey Method Role of the Researcher Problems/Limitations of this Study Content of the Chapters The Nature, Person, and Work of Jesus Christ Introduction Christ, Evil, and Suffering in the Ghanaian Pentecostal Liturgy Akan Traditional Religion and Culture and the Jesus Story Christ, Evil and Suffering in the New Testament Christological Subversions Contextual Issues Believers are Victorious in Christ Conclusion The World as a Place of Evil and Suffering Introduction The Nature and Phenomena of Evil and Suffering Causes of Evil and Suffering: Ghanaian Pentecostalism vis-à-vis Akan Traditional Religion Evil and Suffering in the Bible A Holistic Contextual Approach? Conclusion The Battles of Life: Implementing Christ’s Victory over Evil and Suffering Introduction Victory over Life’s Battles Sources of Victory and Freedom in Christ Sources of Victory and Freedom in Ghanaian Pentecostalism and Akan Traditional Religion Overcoming the Battles of Life in the Bible Inadequate Contextualisation in “Witchdemonology”? Conclusion The Good God and the Good Life Introduction Ideas about the Good God and the Good Life Akan Traditional Views of the Good God and the Good Life Biblical Ideas about God’s Goodness and the Good Life Ghanaian Pentecostals Struggling with Evil and Suffering Conclusion Ghanaian Pentecostal Christology and Public Theology Introduction The Tasks of the State The Tasks of the Church in Society How Pentecostals Can Improve Church-State Relations Conclusion Summary and Conclusions Introduction Summary of the Chapters Reflections and Observations A Christology of Power Unsettled Christology Concluding Remarks Sources for the Empirical Data Bibliography Annex: Ghanaian Pentecostal Songs in Akan and English Appendices Index of Authors Index of Subjects

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2013-01-01
    Nbr Pages Arabes 364
    Collection Currents of Encounter - Studies on the Contact between Christianity and Other Religions, Beliefs, and Cultures
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3753-3
    Type Nom