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South Africa
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African Pentecostalisms (rather than African Pentecostalism) consist of complexities and diversities of categorizations and serve as a genre of Christianity distinctive because of its emphasis on the experience of repentance, a personal relationship with God through Christ, baptism in the Spirit, and the resultant transformation of lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Available estimates indicate Pentecostals in Africa to number about 202.9 million in 2015, or 35.3 percent of the continent’s Christian population of 574.5 million and 17 percent of t…

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Nel, Marius, “South Africa”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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