A nation 'sold to the enemy': Zambian Pentecostalism and Kaunda's humanism

SOURCE: Theologia Viatorum: Journal of Theology and Religion in Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2017
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.J.Kaunda
KEYWORDS: RELIGION, ZAMBIA
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10320

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Abstract

Drawing on the interviews conducted with over 50 Pentecostals in various Pentecostal congregations, the article argues that Zambian Pentecostalism did not reject Kaunda???s humanism but its spiritual source of knowledge. It demonstrates that Zambian Pentecostals believe that all knowledge has spiritual source and life-giving knowledge comes from God who is the Ultimate source of all truth. In order to dethrone what was perceived as negative spiritual source of Kaunda???s humanism, Pentecostalism sought to declare Zambia as a Christian nation in order to anchor socio-political and economic epistemologies of the nation into God through Christ.