In this Book

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In this volume, Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot, a sociologist and son of a Kimbanguist pastor, provides a fresh and insightful perspective on African Kimbanguism and its traditions.

The largest of the African-initiated churches, Kimbanguism claims seventeen million followers worldwide. Like other such churches, it originated out of black African resistance to colonization in the early twentieth century and advocates reconstructing blackness by appropriating the parameters of Christian identity. Mokoko Gampiot provides a contextual history of the religion’s origins and development, compares Kimbanguism with other African-initiated churches and with earlier movements of political and spiritual liberation, and explores the implicit and explicit racial dynamics of Christian identity that inform church leaders and lay practitioners. He explains how Kimbanguists understand their own blackness as both a curse and a mission and how that underlying belief continuously spurs them to reinterpret the Bible through their own prisms.

Drawing from an unprecedented investigation into Kimbanguism’s massive body of oral traditions—recorded sermons, participant observations of church services and healing sessions, and translations of hymns—and informed throughout by Mokoko Gampiot’s intimate knowledge of the customs and language of Kimbanguism, this is an unparalleled theological and sociological analysis of a unique African Christian movement.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: General Background
  1. Chapter 1: Europe in Africa
  2. pp. 15-33
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  1. Chapter 2: African Responses: The Birth of African Christianities
  2. pp. 34-61
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  1. Chapter 3: Kimbanguism as a Social Movement
  2. pp. 62-80
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  1. Part II: Kimbanguism and the Bible
  1. Chapter 4: The Three Sources of Kimbanguist Theology
  2. pp. 83-121
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  1. Chapter 5: The Identity of Simon Kimbangu in the Contemporary Kimbanguist Faith
  2. pp. 122-154
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  1. Chapter 6: Miraculous Healing and Worship
  2. pp. 155-172
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  1. Part III: Expressions of Kimbanguist Messianism
  1. Chapter 7: Kimbanguist Prophetism, Messianism, and Millenarianism
  2. pp. 175-195
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  1. Chapter 8: A Theology of Identity Reconstruction in a Global Context
  2. pp. 196-227
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  1. Chapter 9: Reclaiming Kimbangu’s Prophetic Heritage
  2. pp. 228-259
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 260-278
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 279-286
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-290
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271079707
Related ISBN
9780271077550
MARC Record
OCLC
1080550956
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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