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Pentecostals and the spiritual war against coronavirus in Africa

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Kirby, Benjamin ; Taru, Josiah ; Chimbidzikai, Tinashe:
Pentecostals and the spiritual war against coronavirus in Africa.
In: The Conversation.
30 April 2020

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In Zimbabwe, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has been criticised for reassuring his congregants that they will be “spared” from the virus. This will happen through prayer and the divine protection he mediates.“You will not die, because the Son is involved in what we are doing,” he says, calling it the freedom that no medication can offer.
This declaration epitomises a sense of Pentecostal “exceptionalism”, embodied in the claim to be “ in this world but not of this world”. It clearly risks instilling a level of complacency among his followers about the threat of the virus. It amplifies the possibility of noncompliance with government safety measures.

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Item Type: Online post
Keywords: Public health campaigns; spirituality; Zimbabwean health; John Magufuli; RandD; African Christianity; COVID-19; COVID-19 myths; COVID-19 and society; African religion
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 200 Religion
Date Deposited: 19 May 2022 08:29
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2023 10:17