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Paperback / softback


Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334028376
Number of Pages: 206
Published: 01/05/2001
Width: 21.6 cm
Height: 14 cm

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 suggesting that the missionary should listen and learn from indigenous culture, and appreciate his status as a guest, the book points towards a revisionist understanding of Christian mission. 

John V Taylor

The Right Reverend John Vernon Taylor was an English bishop and theologian who was the Bishop of Winchester from 1974 to 1984. Taylor was one of the most gifted and widely admired churchmen of his time; in 1975 he became the first priest to be consecrated directly to the See of Winchester since the Middle Ages. Taylor also wrote several books, two of which, The Primal Vision (1963), an evaluation of the central features of African religion, and The Go-Between God (1972), an interpretation of the work of the Holy Spirit, became classics.

John V. Taylor, Timothy Yates

John V. Taylor was Bishop of Winchester from 1975-85 and General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society from 1963 to 74. He died in 2001.

"'Profound, artistic, sensitive, and brilliantly written.' Expository Times 'The best book on Africa I have ever read.' Theology"

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