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Teaching African Traditional Religion at the University of Zimbabwe

This chapter examines some of the changes and selected critical issues arising out of Christian religious innovation in sub-Saharan Africa. Jacob Olupona has contributed immensely to the academic study of religion in Africa, with extensive research covering various aspects of Christianity on the continent. In addition to his several works, he also surveyed "West African Pentecostalism" in the revised and expanded edition of the widely acclaimed International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Olupona 2002). The chapter focuses on the subject matter of "changes within Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity in Africa" should therefore serve as a fitting honour to Jacob Olupona for his labours in the field of African religious scholarship. Christianity religious innovation in Africa, which is usually of a decidedly pneumatic character, has not occurred through a monolithic movement. Religious innovation in Africa could be said to have started with the rise of Ethiopianist/Nationalist churches at the end of the nineteenth century.