n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Nigeria's Christian revolution: the civil war revival and its Pentecostal progeny (1967-2006), Richard Burgess : book review

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This study is an adaptation of the author's PhD. thesis which was completed in 2004. It is an interesting account of the growth of various Pentecostal churches which were established during and after the civil war in Nigeria and their relationship to the other churches and the evangelical movement in Nigeria. It is also a study in contemporary African Christianity and the author's experience of it during the time that he spent researching the study while living in Nigeria. The author writes that the study is limited to the revival and the Igbo-founded Pentecostal churches it generated. It reflects an encounter between a particular brand of Christianity and a local African society and examines the interaction between them. In chapter one, the author defines revival as a communal event and shows how this is demonstrated in African Pentecostalism.

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