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Title: Miracle Workers and Nationhood: Reinhard Bonnke and Benny Hinn in Fiji 
Author: Newland, Lynda
Date: 2010
Publisher: University of Hawai‘i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Newland, L. 2010. Miracle Workers and Nationhood: Reinhard Bonnke and Benny Hinn in Fiji. The Contemporary Pacific 22 (1): 74-99.
Abstract: In 2003, the Assembly of Christian Churches of Fiji (accf) invited evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who is reputed to have raised a man from the dead, to conduct
a revival in Fiji. Three years later, an invitation was also extended to American televangelist Benny Hinn. The Qarase government welcomed Bonnke’s visit as an
act of reconciliation for the nation, despite the fact that about 42 percent of the population of Fiji are not Christian, and many of those who are Christian disparage
miracle workers. Hinn’s visit was rationalized somewhat differently—as a draw for tourists, and in terms of the media coverage he was expected to have.
This essay explores the rationalizations for the visits of these evangelists, the types
of politico-religious alliances that have developed since the 2000 coup, and the politico-religious ethos that was to lead to the events of the 2006 coup.
Pages/Duration: 26 p.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Keywords: Christianity, politics, Fiji, Reinhard Bonnke, Benny Hinn, nationhood, citizenship
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals

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