Christian Inculturation in India (Liturgy, Worship & by Paul M. Collins

By Paul M. Collins

Drawing jointly overseas and Indian resources, and new study at the flooring in South India, this e-book offers a distinct exam of the inculturation of Christian Worship in India. Paul Collins examines the imperatives underlying the approaches of inculturation - the dynamic dating among the Christian message and cultures, after which explores the results of these approaches by way of structure, liturgy and formality and the critique provided of those results, specifically by means of Dalit theologians. This e-book highlights how the Indian context has knowledgeable worldwide discussions, and the way the choices of global Council of church buildings, Vatican II and Lambeth meetings have impacted upon the Indian context.

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It is from this context that the task of inculturation emerges; and it may easily be perceived that any attempt to redress the balance of cultural expression can itself potentially become subject to the pitfall of commodification. This remains an on-going issue, which did not end with colonial occupation. This is why a grasp of the issues raised by the practicalities of inculturation need to be related rigorously to the discourse concerning the relationship between theology and culture. Before discussing examples of other modes of inter-cultural relationship to be seen in missionary activity there is another outcome of the perception of Christianity as a Western phenomenon, which is noteworthy.

Two further movements emerge, Life and Work and Faith and Order. 14 The agenda for Church Unity initiated by PECUSA 9 In 1893 the Archbishop of Canterbury was Edward White Benson. 10 In 1910 the Archbishop of Canterbury was Randall Thomas Davidson. 11 William Carey had argued as early as 1810 that there should be conferences at ten year intervals for those engaged in the mission field. F. Wright, ‘World Missionary Conference’, in Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, Nigel M. de S.

109-11. 21 Susan Billington Harper, ‘Ironies of Indigenization: Some Cultural Repercussions of Mission in South India’, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, (1995), pp. 13-20. 22 Harper, ‘Ironies of Indigenization’, p. 18. 26 However the message from the Conferences is often qualified. 27 By 1897 it is clear that the bishops of the Conference are concerned about emergent ‘pluralism’ as well as seeking to give qualified endorsement to ‘indigenous churches’. 29 And Resolution 18 perceives that the emergence of indigenous churches requires as a first step indigenous leadership.

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