Pentecostalism, Political Philosophy, and the Political in Africa

  • Adeshina Afolayan
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


In this chapter, Afolayan provides an exploratory and conceptual contribution to Pentecostal political philosophy that combines theoretical and empirical understanding of the Pentecostal phenomenon in Africa. Essentially, the chapter interrogates the nature of politics and especially politics in Africa, the nature of Pentecostal theology, and how Pentecostalism modifies and is modified by the nature of the political. Afolayan then argues for the understanding of Pentecostalism as politeia, a mode of reacting to political events and dynamics mediated by the theory of pastoral leadership, which not only implicates Pentecostalism in a theology of complicity and duplicity in its relationship with the rogue state in Africa, but also implies that Pentecostalism will not be able to achieve its objective of an active political regime in the absence of the state.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adeshina Afolayan
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  1. 1.University of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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