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The Friday Masowe apostolics of Zimbabwe consult with themselves as “the Christians who don’t learn the Bible.” They declare they don't want the Bible simply because they obtain the note 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 issues inside Christianity over mediation and authority. The Bible, in fact, has been a key medium in which Christians have well-known 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 faith.

Situating the Masowe case inside of a vast comparative framework, Engelke indicates how their rejection of textual authority poses an issue of presence—which is to assert, how the spiritual topic defines, and claims to build, a dating with the religious international throughout the semiotic potentials of language, activities, and items. Written in a full of life and available variety, an issue of Presence makes vital contributions to the anthropology of Christianity, the heritage of religions in Africa, semiotics, and fabric tradition studies.

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