Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa

with Paul Gifford, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Thursday, March 16 @ 4:00pm
232 Bay State Rd. African Studies Conference Room 505

Christianity in Africa comes in (at least) two very different forms. An ‘enchanted’ form (found extensively in Pentecostalism) understands even this-worldly events largely in terms of spirit causality, whereas another form (best exemplified by Catholicism) effectively discounts this enchanted worldview and in its focus on development increasingly functions as an NGO. Does the first form further Africa’s development? And to what extent does the second still function as a religion?