It has been a puzzle why evangelicals, and particularly Pentecostals, have long had a presence in Africa, and especially Nigeria, but it is only in the past two decades that the religion has taken off and become a major social force on the continent. In her new book Political Spiritualities, University of Toronto religion and political science professor Ruth Marshall seeks to unravel this puzzle.
Ruth Marshall, Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria, University of Chicago Press, 2009, 360 pages.
Richard Cimino is the founder and editor of Religion Watch, a newsletter monitoring trends in contemporary religion. Since January 2008, Religion Watch is published by Religioscope Institute. Website: www.religionwatch.com.