Paul Gifford

Paul Gifford teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. His books include African Christianity: Its Public Role (1998) and Ghana's New Christianity (2004).

Pentecostal and "Pentecostal-like" churches are growing spectacularly in Africa. But discussing these churches without discussing their emphasis on success is like discussing computers without mentioning software.A true believer is successful; if not, something is very wrong. Consider the names of the churches: Victory Bible Church, Jesus Breakthrough Assembly, Triumphant Christian Centre.
July 10, 2007