Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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The rise, growth, and expansion of Pentecostalism is one of the key religious developments to occur within Christianity in post-missionary Africa. Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity is best defined through its core religious emphases of movements that in biblical fashion, aim to value, affirm and consciously covet and promote the experience of the Holy Spirit as normative to Christian spirituality. It is this experiential emphasis on encounters with the Holy Spirit that differentiates Pentecostal/charismatic movements from their historic mission co…

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Asamoah-Gyadu, J. Kwabena, “Africa”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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