African Worldview and Spirituality

The Contribution of African Worldview and Spirituality in Shaping African Christianity
today: A Case of Neo-Pentecostal/Charismatic groups in Rwanda


This study will focus on how African worldview and Spirituality is assimilated by neo-
Pentecostal/Charismatic groups in Rwandan Christianity. The hypothesis: this version of
Christianity in Rwanda has been accepted because it uses some cultural and spiritual values
that resonate with African worldview and spirituality.

Questions to guide the study are: Which theologies in these groups attract many Rwandese
and why? How the Rwandan worldview and spirituality inform current development of Neo-
Pentecostal Christianity in Rwanda? Which spiritual values and virtues in Rwandan culture
can be utilized in Today’s Christianity in Rwanda?


The study will use a descriptive survey design to reach members of 7 neo-Pentecostal
Churches and 7 Charismatic groups in five provinces of Rwanda. Discussion will critically
analyze the validity of the hypothesis. Based on the findings, the research will give
recommendations for further action.

Principal Investigator: Faith K. Lugazia, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies,
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), Huye, Rwanda.

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