Taking dominion in a Christian nation: North American political theology in an African context

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Abstract

This article traces some of the North American theological influences on contemporary Christian nationalism in Zambia. Beginning with an overview of key tenets of Christian Reconstruction and the New Apostolic Reformation, I show how these movements have influenced the writing of some key players in Zambia’s Christian nationalist project. I also demonstrate how these authors have modified the western ideas that have shaped their thought. This analysis responds to calls in the anthropology of Christianity to better document the various forms Christian nationalism takes around the world, perhaps especially outside of the West. It also troubles easy arguments about the influence of western Christian activists on Christian politics in Africa by foregrounding the agency of local writers and theologians, even as they engage with theological ideas that originated in the West.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-232
Number of pages19
JournalPneuma
Volume43
Issue number2
Early online date29 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Christian nationalism
  • Zambia
  • political theology
  • transnationalism
  • Christian reconstruction
  • New Apostolic Reformation

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