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Beyond the State in Rural Uganda$
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Ben Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635184

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635184.001.0001

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The Pentecostal Church

The Pentecostal Church

(p.91) 5 The Pentecostal Church
Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Ben Jones

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses how the growth of Pentecostalism, a seemingly isolationist and oppositional form of Christianity, was central to broader developments in the sub-parish, explaining the significance of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God by discussing the nature of Pentecostalism and the importance of Pentecostal revivalism in Africa. It then looks at the particular context of rural Teso, where Pentecostalism took on significance during the insurgency years of the late 1980s and early 1990s. There follows a discussion of the way the church was incorporated into village life in the second half of the 1990s, with Pentecostalism adding to and complicating the way life was organised in Oledai. This point is illustrated through examples where church members use their religious identity in the course of everyday activities, such as developing a political career in the village or settling a land dispute in church.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, Christianity, Assemblies of God, Teso, Oledai

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