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The Slain GodAnthropologists and the Christian Faith$
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Timothy Larsen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657872.001.0001

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The Ever-Recurring Drama

(p.221) Afterword
The Slain God

Timothy Larsen

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   ring composition, rationalism, Christianity, Gifford lectures, theology, slain God

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