The Ever-Recurring Drama
The afterword somewhat playfully offers a view of this study as a ring composition in which the chapter on Evans-Pritchard serves as the centre. It pulls together some of the recurring and enduring themes that have been uncovered, including wrestling with rationalism, reductionism, and scepticism. It observes the surprising persistence of theology as a conversation partner for anthropologists. One expression of this is the role of the Gifford lectures in exploring the relationship between anthropological evidence and theory and the Christian faith. Even the specific theme of the slain God, which so fascinated James Frazer, is shown to have continued to attract the interest of anthropologists into the twenty-first century.
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