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Poverty, corruption, and religious opportunism in Africa: A Neo-Pentecostal perspective

Daniel Orogun, Jerry Pillay
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6960 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6960 | © 2021 Daniel Orogun, Jerry Pillay | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 July 2021 | Published: 07 December 2021

About the author(s)

Daniel Orogun, Department of Historical and Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Jerry Pillay, Department of Historical and Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

In an ideal context, religious tenets are perceived as antithetical to corruption on all fronts. Sadly, Africa takes a frontline in religious activities, yet is bedevilled by corruption aided poverty. Viewing some Neo-Pentecostal practices with the lens of contemporary Marxism hypothesis, and philosophical consciencism of Kwame Nkrumah and Fela Anikulapo, this article examined the role of religion in the spread of poverty in Africa. It further held that while a few religious leaders speak against corruption aided poverty, institutionalised and deliberate strategic plans have not been set up to combat corruption aided poverty. Subsequently, through strategic and implementable recommendations, this article serves as a wake-up call for Africa’s religious institutions to jettison alliance with corrupt political entities and support anti-corruption crusades in Africa.

Contribution: Employing the multi-play of Sociology, Economics, Philosophy and Theology, this article contributes to the interdisciplinary and international research of HTS Theological Studies.


Keywords

poverty; religion; opportunism; corruption; Marxism; philosophical consciencism; Neo-Pentecostalism

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