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The Primal Vision is widely regarded as one of the most important books ever published on the subject of African Christianity. In a sympathetic and warmly empathetic style, John Taylor tellsof his encountrs with many different African people, and reflects theologically on the conversations he has shared with men, women and children in a wide variety of circumstances. By su ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by SCM Press (first published 1963)
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Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Unfortunately, as far as the world of anthropological theological readers goes, this is a widely unknown book. Why it is so unfamiliar is beyond me. I read this book four years ago and attribute a lot of my critical understanding about faith and culture to this book. I am reading another book by John V. Taylor now, and still find that same revelation of ideas that challenge my knowledge as I found in this book many years ago. He writes with gusto about meeting Christian theology with African wor ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was astonished by how far ahead of its time this book seemed, considering it was written by a priest of the established church of an imperial power, at the fag-end of the British Empire in Africa. The author's aim over years of research in (I think) several African countries (colonies then), was to get inside the African view of the cosmos in general and Christianity in particular, rather than to impose the theology of the Church of England. I found it fascinating.
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Dense book about Christianity and Africa. Helps to sort through issues of ancestor worship, polygamy, sin and presence. Interestingly, John Taylor lived in Mukono (where I live now) about 40 years ago, so the book talks a lot about Uganda.
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This book was a formative one for me, and a good one to discuss with others, especially if you are a Christian living cross-culturally on the continent of Africa.
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This was the first anthropological work that opened my eyes to the Sub-Sahara African worldview. Great read.
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