“THE EMPTIED AUTHORITY”: AFRICAN NEO-PENTECOSTALISM, MODERNISATION OF SACRED AUTHORITY, AND GENDERED AND SEXUALISED CONSTRUCTIONS OF VIOLENCE

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Abstract

This article argues that African Neo-Pentecostalism has adopted indigenous notions of sacred authority through the paradigm of modernisation. Employing Rev. Timothy Omotoso’s case study on sexualisation and gendered exploitation of women and girls in South Africa, the article illustrates that the impact of modernisation is more evident in the individualised, fragmented and fundamentalised way in which Neo-Pentecostalism has resourced indigenous sacred authority. The article proposes emptied sacred authority as life-affirming and the recovery of holistic imaginations, whereby the pastor becomes a symbolic instrument of a kenotic life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-237
Number of pages22
JournalActa Theologica
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Funding Information:
Research grant: Yonsei University Project No. 2020-22-0103.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies

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