Pentecostalism, Media, Lived Religion and Participatory Democracy in Ghana
Keywords:Pentecostalism, participation, democracy, religion, Ghana
This article discusses the public manifestation of religion in contemporary Ghana. It reflects on how the synergy of the mass media, and democracy precipitates new forms of religious expression. The article argues that the dominance of the Pentecostal movement in the media, fuels democratic participation that results in the amalgamation of religious ideas, beliefs and practices in the discussion of national issues that affects the everyday – politics, economics, legal and educational matters. The article argues that these forms of religious expression in the media by Pentecostal/ Charismatic churches on national issues engenders inclusiveness and generate belongingness in both the political, economic, and socialcommunal decision making process that has implications for effective democratic participation, good governance and development.
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