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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versión On-line ISSN 2412-4265
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OROGUN, Daniel  y  PILLAY, Jerry. Between African and American Neo-Pentecostalism: An Examination of the Link, Influence, Merits and Demerits. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.3, pp.1-18. ISSN 2412-4265.

This article is based on a research study that investigated the influence, merits and demerits of the link between African and American Neo-Pentecostalism. The study employed a qualitative research method through which 40 contemporary African Neo-Pentecostal leaders (drawn from South Africa and Nigeria) were interviewed. Additionally, given that most charismatic faith and miracle African Neo-Pentecostal leaders in focus took their roots from American Neo-Pentecostalism, two medical doctors (who equally serve as African Neo-Pentecostal lay ministers), were interviewed to investigate a mother-child link. This was done to ascertain the possibility of existing traits being passed on. Alongside the historical link, the interview findings show that African Neo-Pentecostal leaders display a continuous link and traits from their American Neo-Pentecostals mentors. Thus, they exhibit such traits in theology and other practices. Subsequently, the research study established that the influence of American Pentecostalism engenders more demerits, and the researchers proposed the need to constantly de-emphasise the Americanisation of the gospel in Africa. In order to achieve this, some relevant recommendations were made, proposing that African Neo-Pentecostals need to be separated from a toxic foreign culture and should "self-exist," thereby making room for African uniqueness in contemporary Neo-Pentecostal practices.

Palabras clave : African-Pentecostalism; American-Pentecostalism; influence; leadership; merits; demerits; intra-religious threats; dialogue; self-exist; link.

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