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Spirits and letters : reading, writing and charisma in African Christianity

Author: Thomas G Kirsch
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Studies of religion have a tendency to conceptualise 'the Spirit' and 'the Letter' as mutually exclusive and intrinsically antagonistic. However, the history of religions abounds in cases where charismatic leaders deliberately refer to and make use of writings. This book challenges prevailing scholarly notions of the relationship between 'charisma' and 'institution' by analysing reading and writing practices in  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas G Kirsch
ISBN: 9781845454838 1845454839
OCLC Number: 191924258
Description: ix, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Colonial literacies --
Passages, configurations, traces --
Schooled literacy, schooled religion --
Literate cultures in a material world --
Indices to the scriptural --
The fringes of Christianity --
Thoughts about religions of the book --
Texts, readers, spirit --
Evanescence and the necessity of intermediation --
Setting texts in motion --
Missions in writing --
Enablements to literacy --
Offices and the dispersion of charisma --
Positions of writers, positions in writings --
Outlines for the future, documents of the immediate --
Bureaucracy in-between.
Responsibility: Thomas G. Kirsch.
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Studies of religion have a tendency to conceptualise 'the Spirit' and 'the Letter' as mutually exclusive and intrinsically antagonistic. However, the history of religions abounds in cases where  Read more...

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