Pentecostalism and Democracy in Nigeria: Electoral Politics, Prophetic Practices and Cultural Reformation

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Abstract

This article examines the political dimensions of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, beginning with the historical development of Pentecostal political engagement since independence in 1960. A common observation is that much of global Pentecostalism is apolitical, but an assessment of Nigerian Pentecostalism shows a diversity of political orientations in response to inter-religious competition, as well as changing socio-economic contexts and theological orientations. Herein, I focus on the “third democratic revolution” involving the struggle for sustainable democracy (the first two being the anti-colonial struggle that brought independence and the 1980s-1990s challenge to one-party and military rule). As well, I examine different political strategies employed by Nigerian Pentecostals and assess their impact on direct political behavior, civil society practices and political culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-62
JournalNova Religio
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

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