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Gifford, Paul

Overview
Works: 22 works in 85 publications in 2 languages and 1,394 library holdings
Genres: Church history  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Controversial literature 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other
Classifications: PQ2643.A26, 848.91203
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Paul Gifford
Cahiers by Paul Valéry( Book )

in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Korte psychologisch-wijsgerige kanttekeningen, die een geestelijk dagboek vormen dat van typische betekenis is voor de kennis van de Franse dichter (1871- 1945)
Can we survive our origins? : readings in René Girard's theory of violence and the sacred by Pierpaolo Antonello( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How we became human : mimetic theory and the science of evolutionary origins( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Christianity : its public role by Paul Gifford( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity, development and modernity in Africa by Paul Gifford( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is African Christianity a religious marketplace now dominated by only two big players, the Catholic Church and Pentecostals? There is an important if largely unremarked diversity within African Christianity; on the one hand, an enchanted Christianity that views the world as pervaded by spiritual forces, and on the other a disenchanted Christianity that discounts them. An enchanted Christian sees his glorious destiny threatened by witches, spirits, and ancestral curses. Churches catering for this worldview lay bare the workings of this spirit world, and this enchanted imagination, along with the prosperity gospel, and emphasis on the pastor's 'anointing', are the principal characteristics of much African Pentecostalism. Gifford argues that the enchanted religious imagination militates against development by encouraging fear and distrust, diminishing human responsibility and agency, and downplaying functional rationality. The prosperity gospel of 'covenant wealth from tithes and offerings' is the antithesis of Weber's Protestant ethic; and to magnify the person of the pastor is to perpetuate the curse of the 'Big Man'. Official0 Catholicism,0totally0disenchanted and long associated with schools and hospitals, is now involved in development, from microfinance to election monitoring, from conflict resolution to human rights.0This 'NGO-ization of Catholicism', made almost inevitable by funding from secular donors like the EU and UN, even if defended theologically, comes at the price of failing to address the 'religious' needs of so many African Christians
The Christian churches and the democratisation of Africa( Book )

11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

XVI. The church and the quest for democracy in Ghana by Kwesi A. Dickson
Ghana's new Christianity : Pentecostalism in a globalizing African economy by Paul Gifford( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity and politics in Doe's Liberia by Paul Gifford( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study analyses the socio-political function of Christianity in Liberia under the Doe regime
Christianity, politics and public life in Kenya by Paul Gifford( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since independence in 1963, Kenya has been a classic personalised patronage state, run by a corrupt elite for its own benefit, as became tragically evident in December 2007's stolen election and its aftermath. Kenya is also said to be 80 percent Christian. Under the bland label 'Kenyan Christianity', several different overlapping realities can be distinguished, and it is these which Gifford investigates in this book, relating them to the country's politics and public life. The politically engaged form that challenged the dysfunctional one-party state in the early 1990s is given due prominence, but Gifford contends that today the mainline churches, both Catholic and Protestant, are marked less by such political engagement than by their involvement in development, in which foreign missionaries and global networks play a huge role. The theology of Kenya's mainline churches is consciously focused on African culture, as a non-negotiable foundation, and the Catholic church has an additional agenda - to Africanise its religious congregations. Kenya is also noted for its rich variety of African indigenous Churches, all originating in a defence of Kenyan cultures, while in recent decades countless Pentecostal churches have also sprung up. They range from affluent middle class churches to refuges for the poor, but nearly all are characterised by a stress on power, success, achievement and prosperity that prioritises modernity rather than traditional culture. Gifford discusses their deployment of the media, crusades, organisation, theology and use of the Bible, and above all the economics that has made this phenomenon possible. Yet another distinct form is an enchanted Christianity in which demons or spiritual forces are deemed responsible for almost everything
2000 years and beyond : faith, identity, and the 'common era' by ed. et al Paul Gifford( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2000 Years and Beyond brings together some of the most eminent thinkers of our time - specialists in philosophy, theology, anthropology and culture theory to ask the strategic question surrounding the millennium that others never thought to raise, or asked more partially. In a horizon-scanning work, they look backwards and forwards to explore what links us to the matrix of the Judaeo-Christian tradition from which Western cultural identity has evolved. Their plurral reflections raise searching questions about how we move from past to future - and about who 'we' are. What do the catastrophes of the twentieth century signify for hopes of progress? Can post - Enlightment humanism and its notion of human nature survive without faith? If the 'numinous magic global capitalism' is our own giant shadow cast abroad, does that shadow offer hope enough of a communal future? What other sources and resources do we have for inventing one? Most crucially: has the modern, secularized West now outgrown its originating faith matrix? What perspectives of understanding - reflexivity multiculturalism, the historicity of knowledge, globalisation - go into the making of the modern mind?; Can we define its mindset and temper? Are we truely and finally 'post-Christian' - or, more ambiguously, just post-millennial and suffering hangover? Often controversial and sometimes visionary, these seven new essays ask: how do we tell - and rewrite - the story of the Common Era? Introduced by Paul Gifford, and discussed in a lively dialogic conclusion, they add their distinctive voices to a debate of profound and urgent topicality
The religious right in southern Africa by Paul Gifford( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new crusaders : Christianity and the New Right in Southern Africa by Paul Gifford( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New dimensions in African Christianity by Paul Gifford( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading Paul Valéry : universe in mind( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present volume of essays by internationally recognised scholars offers the first comprehensive account of Valery's work in English or French. It provides a series of readings bringing into focus the deeper coherence that animates what Valery called his 'unitary mind in a thousand pieces', and offers new perspectives on the immense range of his experimental and fragmentary writings. This book moves forward the frontiers of our understanding of Valery's work, and substantially alters the way in which he is perceived
Fundamentalism in Africa : religion and politics( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christian crusade for southern Africa by Paul Gifford( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ghana's charismatic churches by Paul Gifford( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ghana's charismatic churches by Paul Gifford( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Liberia's Never-Die Christians by Paul Gifford( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

La création en acte : devenir de la critique génétique by Paul Gifford( )

1 edition published in 2007 in French and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

À l'aube de notre jeune XXIe siècle, la critique génétique se trouve enfin en mesure de faire le point sur son passé et de tracer les grandes lignes de son avenir : qu'est-elle susceptible d'apporter à d'autres approches critiques telles que la sociologie, l'intertextualité et l'herméneutique? Comment modifie-t-elle notre compréhension des œuvres littéraires, ainsi que notre conception du texte? Pourquoi, trente ans après son émergence dans le paysage critique, continue-t-elle à susciter la méfiance, voire l'hostilité dans les milieux universitaires? Quelles seront ses pistes d'investigatio
 
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Cahiers
Alternative Names
Gifford, Paul

Languages
English (80)

French (1)

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African Christianity : its public roleGhana's new Christianity : Pentecostalism in a globalizing African economyChristianity and politics in Doe's LiberiaChristianity, politics and public life in Kenya2000 years and beyond : faith, identity, and the 'common era'