Constructing Local Theologies
Classic work shows how different cultures share the one Gospel of Jesus Christ. The contextual model of local theology concentrates on the real problems and concerns of real people, in their faith and larger communities. Local theologies are more accurately understood as the local Christian community theologizing. This book provides a thoughtful perspective for those engaged in small Christian communities worldwide.
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WHAT IS LOCAL THEOLOGY?
MAPPING A LOCAL THEOLOGY
THE STUDY OF CULTURE
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Africa analysis Anthropology approach areas Bantu Philosophy basic become boundaries century chapter Chris Christ Christian communities Christian identity Christian tradition church tradition Claude LeVi-Strauss Clifford Geertz codes cohesion concept concern culture texts deal developing local theologies dual systems economic emerge encounter especially Eucharist experience faith functionalist Geertz gospel grammar human important incorporation kind of theology language Latin America liberation theology listening meaning metaphor metonyms normative older churches oppression patterns perspective polygamy popular religion previous local theologies problems questions reality receiving culture relations relationships rience ritual role Roman Catholic Scriptures semiotic semiotic domains shape sign system situation social change society sociology of knowledge structures study of culture sure knowledge symbolic syncretism syncretistic theologian theological reflection theology as praxis theology as sure theory of tradition tion transformation translation model ture understanding Vladimir Propp Western wisdom theology world-view younger churches