Maxwell, “What Makes a Christian?”

Maxwell, David.  2012.  What Makes a Christian: Perspectives from Studies of Pneumatic Christianity.  Africa 82(3): 479-491.

This essay reviews three monographs on African Pentecostalism and African Independent Christianity, Ruth Marshall’s Political Spiritualities, Thomas Kirsch’s Spirits and Letters, and Diedre Crumbley’s Spirit, Structure, and Flesh.  The review highlights the practice of Christian boundary-making among believers in religious contexts that are at the same time very unique and yet equally focused on the central role of the Holy Spirit in religious life and Christian identity.