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 note of God "live and direct" from the Holy Spirit. during this insightful and delicate old ethnography, Matthew Engelke files 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 wherein Christians have famous God’s presence. however the apostolics understand scripture as an pointless, even harmful, 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 huge 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 throughout the semiotic potentials of language, activities, and gadgets. Written in a full of life and available variety, an issue of Presence makes vital contributions to the anthropology of Christianity, the historical past of religions in Africa, semiotics, and fabric tradition studies.

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