New PDF release: A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church

By Matthew Engelke

ISBN-10: 0520249038

ISBN-13: 9780520249035

ISBN-10: 0520249046

ISBN-13: 9780520249042

The Friday Masowe apostolics of Zimbabwe confer with themselves as "the Christians who don’t learn the Bible." They declare they don't want the Bible simply because they obtain the be aware of God "live and direct" from the Holy Spirit. during this insightful and delicate ancient ethnography, Matthew Engelke records how this rejection of scripture speaks to longstanding matters inside of Christianity over mediation and authority. The Bible, after all, has been a key medium during which Christians have well-known God’s presence. however the apostolics understand scripture as an pointless, even risky, mediator. For them, the materiality of the Bible marks a distance from the divine and prohibits the belief of a stay and direct religion.

Situating the Masowe case inside of a wide comparative framework, Engelke exhibits how their rejection of textual authority poses an issue of presence—which is to claim, how the spiritual topic defines, and claims to build, a courting with the non secular international throughout the semiotic potentials of language, activities, and gadgets. Written in a full of life and obtainable kind, an issue of Presence makes very important contributions to the anthropology of Christianity, the historical past of religions in Africa, semiotics, and fabric tradition studies.

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