Toward a Theology of Inculturation

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan 30, 2006 - Religion - 304 pages
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'Inculturation' is a word come only recently into theological language, having its origin and impetus in a revolution in the perception of Christian mission--even of Christian identity. 'Toward a Theology of Inculturation' is the first book to bring together the many strands of current and historical Catholic thought on what might be called a theology of a multicultural church. Inculturation, Shorter argues, is the recognition that faith must in effect become culture to be fully received and lived.

In the course of a wide-ranging discussion, the author explores the intimate relationship between inculturation and theology, focusing in particular on scripture, the history of "missions" (especially in Africa), and contemporary Catholic thought. Shorter concludes with an exploration of the future of the church--a multicultural church. 'Toward a Theology of Inculturation' offers a substantive explication of what inculturation is, what it is not, how and when it occurs, and what its limits are or should be.
 

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Contents

Evolution of the Churchs Understanding of Culture
17
Culture and Religion
31
Cultural Change
45
The Christian Term of lnculturation
59
THE THEOLOGY OF INCULTURATION
75
Inculturation and Salvation
89
The Church and Other Religious Cultural Systems
96
lnculturation in the Old Testament
104
MISSION AND INCULTURATION
135
lnculturation and the PostReformation Missions
152
Mission and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
164
THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
177
The Second Vatican Council and lnculturation
191
S lnculturation in the Teaching of Paul VI
206
Iohn Paul II and Inculturation
222
THE FUTURE OF INCULTURATION IN THE CATHOLIC
239

The Tension Between Israels Election and Universal
111
Jesus and Cultures 1 19
119
The Church of Jerusalem and the Church of Corinth
128
Inculturation at the GrassRoots
261
Index
281
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Aylward Shorter has served as President of the Missionary Institute, London, has lectured in African Studies at the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa, and has served as consultant to the Vatican secretariat for non-Christians. He is the author of 'African Culture, an Overview: Socio-cultural Anthropology' and 'African Christian Theology'.

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