This article identifies two responses to social challenge by charismatic Pentecostal churches in Nigeria. I argue that churches taking a centripetal position are either socially passive or they collude with corrupt leaders and groups who undermine efforts toward political, social and human improvement; yet, in their engagement with society they offer spiritual solutions to myriad social and political problems. Conversely, churches taking a centrifugal approach try to confront political and social problems, but these churches are relatively few and located primarily in Lagos, although they are growing in influence. I conclude that charismatic Pentecostalism in Nigeria currently is shifting from strictly spiritual solutions to sociopolitical problems to an emphasis on meeting social needs in practical ways.
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Research Article| February 01 2015
Charismatic and Pentecostal Social Orientations in Nigeria
Nova Religio (2015) 18 (3): 63–79.
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Musa A. B. Gaiya; Charismatic and Pentecostal Social Orientations in Nigeria. Nova Religio 1 February 2015; 18 (3): 63–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2015.18.3.63
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