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Religions 2018, 9(5), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9050145

‘The Altars Are Holding the Nation in Captivity’: Zambian Pentecostalism, Nationality, and African Religio-Political Heritage

Human Development Science—Human Sciences Research Council—(HDS-HSRC), School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Scottsville 3209, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Received: 8 February 2018 / Revised: 18 April 2018 / Accepted: 23 April 2018 / Published: 28 April 2018
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The study draws on ontocracy political theory to investigate Zambian Pentecostal interpretations of politics as a sacred realm of contestations between forces of good and evil. It argues that Zambian Pentecostal theology of nationality is a continuation of traditional African religio-cultural ethnonational heritage. It demonstrates how Zambian Pentecostal theology of nationality is based on socio-historically constructed conceptions that drew their foundation from traditional myths, symbols and cultures. It concludes that Zambian Pentecostalism has failed to make distinctions among various types of human authorities, thereby promoting a theology of nationality that mystifies the source of the political authority of the presidents of the nation, who are perceived as absorbing both secular and spiritual responsibilities. View Full-Text
Keywords: altars; ethnonationality; Zambian Pentecostalism; religio-political heritage; ontocracy political theory altars; ethnonationality; Zambian Pentecostalism; religio-political heritage; ontocracy political theory
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Kaunda, C.J. ‘The Altars Are Holding the Nation in Captivity’: Zambian Pentecostalism, Nationality, and African Religio-Political Heritage. Religions 2018, 9, 145.

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