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In Search of Health and Wealth: The Prosperity Gospel in African, Reformed Perspective
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In Search of Health and Wealth: The Prosperity Gospel in African, Reformed Perspective


Wipf & Stock 2014

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The prosperity gospel is very influential in Africa, in Pentecostal churches, and in Reformed churches. But what is the prosperity gospel? Where did it originate? Is it biblically sound? How should we evaluate the prosperity gospel? Does it represent a wrong way of looking for health and wealth, or can we learn something from it? In this book the authors provide an analysis from different perspectives on the highly debated topic of the prosperity gospel. It is intended to be accessible and helpful both to academic colleagues and to ordinary ministers. Most of the authors are lecturers at Justo Mwale Theological University College in Lusaka (Zambia). Together with Professor L. Togarasei from the University of Botswana, they use their theological skills to examine and assess this important topic from an African and Reformed perspective. The articles in this book will help anyone who wants to deeply explore and evaluate the intriguing phenomenon of the prosperity gospel in Africa.

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Key Features

  • Assesses the prosperity gospel from an African and Reformed perspective
  • Examines critically the benefits and possible disadvantages of viewing health and wealth in this particular manner
  • Presents the material in an accessible way for academics and ministers
  • Synthesizes the work from multiple perspectives


  • Part 1: Background Examination
    • The Challenges of the Prosperity Gospel for Reformed/Presbyterian Churches in the Twenty-First Century
  • Part 2: Biblical Analysis
    • “Fipelwa na baYaweh”: A Critical Examination of Prosperity Theology in the Old Testament from a Zambian Perspective
    • Is the Prosperity Gospel Biblical? A Critique in Light of Literary Context and Union with Christ
  • Part 3: Theological Reflection
    • Jesus the Healer
    • Dialoguing at “Mphala”: A Conversation on Faith between John Calvin and Proponents of the Prosperity Gospel
    • The Prosperity Gospel: A Way to Reclaim Dignity?
  • Part 4: Cultural Analysis
    • “Zambia Dziko la Chonde”
    • Dreams and Nightmares of Modernity: Accusations and Testimonies of Satanism in Zambia
    • African Gospreneurship: Assessing the Possible Contribution of the Gospel of Prosperity to Entrepreneurship in Light of Jesus’s Teaching on Earthly Possessions

Product Details

  • Title: In Search of Health and Wealth: The Prosperity Gospel in African, Reformed Perspective
  • Editor: Hermen Kroesbergen
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 140
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Essays
  • Topic: Theology

About Hermen Kroesbergen

Rev. Hermen T. Kroesbergen earned his MA in theology from the University of Groningen and his PhD in systematic theology from the Protestant Theological University. Since 2000, he has been a teacher and lecturer on theology and the philosophy of religion. He is the author or editor of several scholarly articles, and a member of the Society for the Study of Theology and the European Society for Philosophy of Religion.

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