From Plato to Pentecostalism: Sickness and deliverance in the theology of Derek Prince

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Abstract

This article analyses the intellectual sources and global influence of the demonology of Derek Prince (1915–2003), a former philosophy fellow of King's College, Cambridge, who, after his move to the United States in 1963, became a globally influential Pentecostal teacher and author. It argues that his academic expertise in the philosophy of Plato shaped his understanding of the invisible realm of spiritual powers and its impact on the health and material well-being of Christians. Prince's teaching on ancestral curses and the vulnerability of Christians to demonization has been widely received in Africa and other parts of the non-Western world, appearing to provide answers to endemic problems of chronic sickness and impoverishment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-414
Number of pages21
JournalStudies in Church History
Volume58
Early online date8 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
EventThe Church and healing: Ecclesiastical History Society Winter Conference 2020-1 - on-line
Duration: 16 Jan 202116 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Pentecostal Christianity
  • exorcism
  • Derek Prince
  • Plato
  • healing

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