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"This masterful work traces the remarkable story of Pentecostal forms of Christianity in Africa. No one knows the turf better than Kalu. His sensitive and critical rendering of the complex fabric of African Christianity is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand contemporary World Christianity. Kalu moves deftly among peoples and cultures to sketch the contours of booming sub-Saharan Pentecostalisms, their indigenous roots, and their connections to the West. A stunning achievement." --Edith Blumhofer, Professor of History, Wheaton College


"Kalu's pathbreaking study challenges histories of Pentecostalism that bring Africa into the picture at a late stage." --Christian Century


"A masterpiece of historical and social analysis ...[T]his groundbreaking exploration of African Pentecostalism leaves few stones unturned, and...provides a comprehensive and scrupulous assessment of one of the most important religious movements of the 21st century." --Books & Culture


"This book by eminent African church historian Ogbu Kalu ... will fascinate all observers of world Christianity. ...Kalu displays an impressive grasp of a vast amount of literature and the subject itself. His engrossing style brings a critical yet sympathetic perspective that is uniquely African." --International Bulletin of Missionary Research


"Kalu deftly and seamlessly moves among history, theology, and social theory, and thus examines the subject from multiple angles within an integrated framework. ...While West Africa is Kalu's area of original research, he does a fine job in synthesizing recent studies from other regions of the continent. ...The maturity of Kalu's scholarship is evident in his grasp of an amazingly wide range of material and issues." --Church History


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Ogbu Kalu is Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity and Mission, McCormick Theological Seminary. He is from Ohafia, Nigeria.
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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195339991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195339994
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth B. Dickey on January 7, 2011
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When westerners learn about Christianity and its spread throughout Africa, the emphasis is far too often placed on western missionaries. In African Pentecostalism, Ogbu Kalu, late professor, theologian and prolific author, places the focus (far more interestingly)on Africa and its people,and above all, on the power of the Holy Spirit. Kalu, a native Nigerian, emphasizes the religious and cultural traditions of African peoples and explores how many Africans linked their local worldviews with their understanding and acceptance of the Gospel. Even more strikingly, he credits God and God's spirit for the spread of Pentecostalism; if the African people are major figures for Kalu, God is the most important of all. Kalu has tremendous knowledge about people, places and customs, and he shares his wealth of knowledge with the same level of passion and commitment which I, as his former student, can attest that he brought to his work with his seminarians. His excitement about his subject inspires readers to learn and to appreciate the strength of the Africans and of the Holy Spirit.
Unfortunately, as another review pointed out, Oxford University Press did an atrocious job editing the work. The book is full of typos and even contains spelling mistakes; the publisher let Kalu down completely by failing to provide a competent editor. Another consideration for readers is that contrary to the subtitle, this should probably not be considered an introduction. Kalu refers to numerous people involved in the spread of Pentecostalism without giving background information as to why they were important; clearly he expects that readers will already be familiar with these people and their work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy M. Rich on February 16, 2010
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This book is an astounding work. It may seem daunting at times, but it provides an extremely thoughtful and challenging study of African Pentecostalism from the vantage point of a Pentecostal believer rather an a secular approach. Yet Kalu (who sadly passed away in January 2009) enters into dialogue with Paul Gifford, David Maxwell, and other scholars. He also provides a survey of Pentecostalism in Africa that is far more thorough than anyone else out there, period. Readers of The Next Christendom should not be put off by this book. There's some typos here and there, but I cannot see how anyone reading this could accuse Kalu of not knowing English well! The copy editing is at fault. The analysis he provides his readers is trenchant and deeply provocative. One of the best books on African religion I have ever read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Smith on November 18, 2008
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Ogbu Kalu's grasp of the English language is not perfect, and apparently the editors at Oxford University Press edit while drunk. I can't think of any other way to explain the glaring typos, misspellings, sentence fragments, and other grammatical issues in Kalu's latest book, African Pentecostalism: An Introduction. After about the fifth time the word "implode" was used to mean "explode", I had to restrain myself from writing a nasty letter to the people at Oxford revoking their English language privileges. Once I got over that, however, I was able to appreciate the extraordinary amount of research and thought that Kalu clearly put into this book. It was a monumental effort, and one that Kalu executed flawlessly from start to finish.

Perhaps because he is not interested in the debate over whether missions constitute cultural imperialism, Kalu avoids polemic and manages to paint a subtle portrait of the tensions between externality and internality in African Pentecostalism. The interesting thing about this argument is that it does not hinge upon indigenization. He is uninterested in AICs that have adapted Christianity to fit African belief and ritual. Rather, he seeks to demonstrate that when Pentecostalism arrived in Africa it already had within it powerful resonances with "the African map of the universe." In Kalu's words, Pentecostals offer "new realities" that, "though seemingly from outside, come in to fulfill aspirations within the tradition and, then, to offer quite significantly the basis of self-understanding within the tradition" (186).
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stone on December 27, 2008
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I really looked forward to reading this book. Unfortunately it was not what I expected. The first 3 chapters need a specialist dictionary just to understand what he is trying to say and you are probably more confused after reading it than before. I was expecting the story of pentecotalism in Africa along the lines of Philip Jenkins Global Christendon but it was far from it. There where a coupe of section which where good and if he had kept to telling the story of the history and the present rather than focusing on theory it would have been a good book. I would say that you would need to be at masters level if not PHD level just to understand it. In all this was a real disappointment.
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