The Holy Spirit in African Christianity
The identity and nature of the Holy Spirit has long been a critical – and often divisive – topic among Christians. Yet it is one with which we must continue to grapple if we are to grow in our understanding of the personhood of God, the calling of the church and the life of the believer.
The seventh volume drawn from the annual conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology, this collection of essays addresses questions of pneumatology against the rich background of African church history. African theologians explore centuries of Christian understanding, from the writings of Augustine to the doctrine of African Instituted Churches, and examine the impact of pneumatological belief upon the life and worship of the believer. Serving as a corrective on pneumatological heterodoxies while making space for both the diversity and unity of the African church, this volume provides a powerful reminder of the centrality of the Holy Spirit to Christian doctrine and praxis.
This volume offers a valuable overview of African conversations for Westerners like me, while continuing those conversations with humility, diversity and probing discernment. Talking together about the Holy Spirit while displaying the fruit of the Spirit, this book offers not only great insight but a terrific model for how that is done.
Michael Horton, PhD
Westminster Seminary, California, USA
Infused with astute research and scholarship, this collection of essays exposes the perspective shifts, conflicting doctrines and misunderstood realities about the role and identity of the Holy Spirit in building the called-out community of God in Africa. This book provides insights for the many who are interested in deepening the holistic impact of their congregations on society through the works of the Holy Spirit.
John K. Jusu, PhD
Africa International University, Kenya
Table of Contents
- 1 An Inclusive Rereading of Acts 2:1–47 for Enhancing Partnership in Ministry
- Moses Iliya Ogidis
- 2 A Comparison of the Montanists and the Pentecostals in Their Expression of the Reception of the Holy Spirit in Christian History
- Kwaku Boamah and Jacob Kwame Opata
- 3 Augustine’s Articulation of the Holy Spirit
- David K. Ngaruiya
- 4 Pneumatology and Mission of the Church in Postmodern Africa: The Holy Spirit in Trinitarian Theology as Panacea
- John Michael Kiboi
- 5 In Dialogue with the Jehovah’s Witnesses: The “Name” of the Holy Spirit
- Jeffrey S. Krohn
- 6 “I Banged the Table Three Times”: The Empowering Spirit and Women in the AINC
- Esther Mombo and Heleen Joziasse
- 7 The Comparative Study of the Work of the Holy Spirit in African Independent Churches and African Pentecostal Churches in Botswana
- Kenosi Molato
- 8 Perceptions of the Holy Spirit’s Deliverance in Ghanaian Charismatic Ministries: Assessing the Work of J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
- Stephanie A. Lowery and Danson Ottawa Wafula
- List of Contributors
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index