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By Matthew Engelke

The Friday Masowe apostolics of Zimbabwe discuss 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 old ethnography, Matthew Engelke records how this rejection of scripture speaks to longstanding issues inside Christianity over mediation and authority. The Bible, in fact, has been a key medium during which Christians have famous 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 extensive comparative framework, Engelke indicates 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 in the course of the semiotic potentials of language, activities, and items. Written in a full of life and available sort, 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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