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By Matthew Engelke

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 historic ethnography, Matthew Engelke files how this rejection of scripture speaks to longstanding issues inside of Christianity over mediation and authority. The Bible, after all, 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 large comparative framework, Engelke exhibits how their rejection of textual authority poses an issue of presence—which is to claim, how the non secular topic defines, and claims to build, a courting with the religious global in the course of the semiotic potentials of language, activities, and items. Written in a full of life and obtainable 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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But there remains in social scientific analysis, in part because of Saussure’s legacy, a tendency (1) to assume language exists on an ideational plane; and (2) to reaffirm (implicitly if not explicitly) the Western default distinctions between what is material and what is immaterial (Irvine 1989; Keane 2003). These tendencies have in no small measure hampered the development of a semiotics in which material culture plays a key role. In Saussure we have what Miller calls “the humility of objects” (1987, 85–108).

Since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 Chitungwiza has spread northward and Harare has spread southward—the southern areas of Harare being some of the poorest and also where much of the industry is located—such that, by the time I conducted the bulk of my fieldwork, they formed a massive urban complex. Many of the people I knew who lived in Chitungwiza worked in Harare (or spent time looking for work in Harare). The Juranifiri Santa congregation drew people from all parts of the urban area as well as from the Seke communal lands that surround Chitungwiza.

Similarly, Catholic and Protestant disagreements on transubstantiation can be said to hinge on questions of representation as literal or nonliteral presence. Clearly, then, to define representation is not enough, because it skirts these social, semiotic, and metaphysical loadings. “What we need,” Pitkin concludes, “is not just an accurate definition, but a way of doing justice to the various more detailed applications of representation in various contexts—how the absent thing is made present, and who considers it so” (1967, 10).

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