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The Making of Pentecostal Zambia: A Brief History of Pneumatic Spirituality

Chammah J Kaunda


While Zambian pentecostalism existed since early 1950s, if not earlier, the movement only started making its presence felt from late 1980s. The declaration of Zambia as Christian Nation toward the end of 1991 by President Fredrick Chiluba functioned as a catalysis and an epochal moment acceleration in pentecostal explosion in the country. This paper seeks to explore the ecclesiastical and theological transformations that have taken place within Zambian pentecostalism and also demonstrate the factors that helped create an atmosphere wherein increasing numbers of Zambians embracing this kind of spirituality.


Zambian pentecostalism; Christian Nation; History; Spirituality

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