Pentecostalism, Media, Lived Religion and Participatory Democracy in Ghana

Authors

  • Francis Benyah Abo Akademi University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pent.38945

Keywords:

Pentecostalism, participation, democracy, religion, Ghana

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Francis Benyah, Abo Akademi University

Francis Benyah holds a Master of Philosophy in the Study of Religions from the University of Ghana. His research interests include African Pentecostalism, Pentecostal/Charismatic theology, religion, media and culture, religion and politics, and religion and human rights.

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Published

2019-11-20

How to Cite

Benyah, F. (2019). Pentecostalism, Media, Lived Religion and Participatory Democracy in Ghana. PentecoStudies, 18(2), 155-177. https://doi.org/10.1558/pent.38945

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