Original Research - Special Collection: The Commercialization and Commodification of Theological Education

Commercialisation of theological education as a challenge in the Neo-Pentecostal Charismatic churches

Kelebogile T. Resane
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4548 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4548 | © 2017 Kelebogile T. Resane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 March 2017 | Published: 29 September 2017

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Kelebogile T. Resane, Department of Historical and Constructive Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

Commercialisation, technology, and globalisation impact all facets of religion.Commercialisation of religion contributes towards society’s obsession with success. One areathrough which commercialisation manifests itself is in theological education. This isexacerbated by the celebrity cult whereby the leader’s success is measured by wealthyappearance. The current legal accreditation requirements put pressure on the Neo-PentecostalCharismatic ministerial formation. The online courses come at a high price, as they alsopromote the popular literature that is not scholarly insightful. The Neo-Charismatic leadersundermine the formal theological training, since they claim to be taught by the Holy Spirit.

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