Striking a Balance: Christianity and the Challenges of Long-Term Human Security in Zimbabwe

Gladys Ganiel*

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    Abstract

    African evangelical/Pentecostal/charismatic (EPC) Christians-previously dismissed by scholars as apolitical-are becoming increasingly active socially and politically. This chapter presents a case study of an EPC congregation in Harare. It demonstrates how the congregation provides short-term human security by responding to the needs of the poor, while at the same time creating space where people can develop the "self-expression values" necessary for long-term human security. The case study also demonstrates that even under authoritarian states, religious actors can actively choose to balance the immediate demands of short-term human security with the sometimes competing demands of long-term human security. Policymakers can benefit from a greater understanding of how religious actors strike this balance and from a greater appreciation of the variability, flexibility, and religious resources of EPC Christians in such contexts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReligion and Human Security: A Global Perspective
    EditorsJames K. Wellman, Clark B. Lombardi
    PublisherOxford University Press/UNESCO
    Pages172-188
    ISBN (Print)9780199950553, 9780199827732
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2012

    Keywords

    • African christians
    • Charismatic christians
    • Congregation
    • Evangelical christians
    • Human security
    • Pentecostal christians
    • Religion
    • Self-expression

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)
    • Social Sciences(all)

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