Book announcement: Witchcraft, Demons and Deliverance. A Global Conversation on an Intercultural Challenge.
Beliefs in witchcraft and demons still shape many societies and seem to be increasing rather than disappearing with modernization and urbanization. Witch hunts in Africa and Asia show the scope of the problem. The deliverance practices of Pentecostal and charismatic churches are widely controversial and their effects rather ambiguous. The contributions in this volume, written by experts and practitioners from four continents, analyze these phenomena from the perspectives of intercultural theology, anthropology and ethnology and describe the responses of Catholic and Protestant churches.
Edited by Claudia Währisch-Oblau and Henning Wrogemann
LIT-Verlag, 2015, 328 S., 34.90 EUR, 34.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90657-1
From October 24-26, 2014 more than 60 participants from four continents -- theologians, social scientists, pastors and students -- met at the Protestant University in Wuppertal to discuss Witchcraft, Magic, Demon Beliefs and Deliverance. The papers presented at this conference make up the bulk of this volume. In addition, documents from the Eglise Evangélique du Cameroun and from the United Evangelical Mission which show how Protestant churches are dealing with these challenges are included in the volume.
Contributors include Ghanaian theologian Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Pentecostal church leader Opoku Onyinah, US missiologist Scott Moreau, Roman Catholic missionary in Pakistan John O'Brien, Protestant Bishop and deliverance practitioner Jaharianson Saragih from Indonesia, anthropologists Katrien Pype and Felix Riedel, and German mission theologians Andreas Heuser, Markus Roser, Henning Wrogemann, and Claudia Währisch-Oblau.