A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church by Matthew Engelke PDF

By Matthew Engelke

ISBN-10: 0520249038

ISBN-13: 9780520249035

ISBN-10: 0520249046

ISBN-13: 9780520249042

The Friday Masowe apostolics of Zimbabwe discuss with themselves as "the Christians who don’t learn the Bible." They declare they don't desire the Bible simply because they obtain the observe of God "live and direct" from the Holy Spirit. during this insightful and delicate ancient ethnography, Matthew Engelke files how this rejection of scripture speaks to longstanding matters inside Christianity over mediation and authority. The Bible, in fact, has been a key medium by 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 conclusion of a dwell and direct religion.

Situating the Masowe case inside a vast comparative framework, Engelke exhibits how their rejection of textual authority poses an issue of presence—which is to assert, how the non secular topic defines, and claims to build, a dating with the religious international in the course of the semiotic potentials of language, activities, and items. 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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