Religion and National Development

Religion and National Development: Zambian Pentecostalism, African Spirituality and the
Challenges of Modernity

This study will interrogate the notion that there is a close affinity between religion and social
justice, and that Pentecostalism in Zambia identity engages in a contradictory way with the
challenges of modern national development. The study will employ both literature review and
empirical research methods to solicit data. It will use a case study approach to engage with
four mega Pentecostal churches in two key metropolitan cities (Lusaka and Ndola) in Zambia.
It will analyze how African spirituality is engaged in these churches in the context of
modernity. The study will demonstrate whether or not African spirituality has value for
helping Zambian Pentecostalism—which has gained renewed currency and popularity in the
last two decades—to be an engine of national development.

Principal Investigator: Chammah J Kaunda, postdoctoral scholar, School of Religion and
Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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01 June, 2017

Dissemination Conference

Nagel Research Book Project: ‘The Nation That Fears God Prospers’: A Zambian Pentecostal Theology of Nations

Northmead Assembly of God, Resource Centre

Saturday, May, 27 2017, Lusaka, Zambia

By: Dr Chammah J. Kaunda


On Saturday, 27 May 2017, we held the dissemination conference in Lusaka, Zambia. The

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