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Prosperity and health ministry as a coping mechanism in the poverty and suffering context of Zimbabwe: A pastoral evaluation and response

Vhumani Magezi, Peter Manzanga
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2076 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2076 | © 2016 Vhumani Magezi, Peter Manzanga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 2016 | Published: 19 August 2016

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Vhumani Magezi, Faculty of Humanities, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa
Peter Manzanga, Faculty of Humanities, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

Preaching on prosperity and health has significantly increased in Zimbabwe. Yet, poverty and suffering are also increasing, which is a contradiction. The preaching gives ‘hope’ of prosperity, wealth, health and success to its followers. The emerging question, however, is the following: What kind of hope is given? This article considers the Zimbabwean context of suffering and poverty, and the coping that arises from the Prosperity Gospel Movement. It is argued that this movement tends to grow rapidly where there are challenges such as poverty, unemployment and health problems. The article discusses prosperity-gospel trends in Zimbabwe and the history and tenets of the prosperity gospel. It also suggests reasons for the rise of the movement. The article concludes by providing an evaluation of the movement and offering a pastoral response.


Keywords

Prosperity gospel; Response to health and prosperity gospel; Coping in suffering and prosperity gospel; Health and prosperity gospel in Zimbabwe

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